Monday, May 27, 2013 - 22:00 to Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 01:30

==>Trans Film Series: THE WORKS OF JULI (A) RIVERA
==>Free Film! Free Snacks! Free Talk!

The Trans Film Series hosts a FREE screening of
the collected films of Juli (a) Rivera – including performance pieces, short films, new feature documentary and more.

All welcome. Allies welcome.

► mEin Viertel 100 - 25 Jahre Bundestreffen

In 1984, poet/activist/lesbian Audre Lorde went to Germany for cancer treatment. Her years there not only marked a resurgence of her written work (The Cancer Journals) but also the development of a vibrant Afro German community.
Afro Germans are plagued by invisibility. There is no official census of Blacks in Germany. And until 1984 they were simply referred to as "War Babies" (the offspring of Black soldiers). Audre Lorde initiated a gathering of Afro German men and women, which resulted in the 1987 publication of Farbe bekennen (Showing Our Colors).
25 years later, the Afro German community continues to organize for self determination and recognition. The documentary is a wonderful insight into emancipatory struggles of building communities, as well as the spaces that have been created by political engagement, friendships and love.

Juli (a) Rivera's first documentary Mein Viertel 100 (translated: "My Quarter of 100") made in 2011, is the first documentary from a member of the Black community about the Black community in Germany. It talks about an annual meeting which was highly inspired by Audre Lorde during her visit in Germany in 1984.It was produced without any funding and is a work that could only exist with the help and goodwill of the people who run the annual meeting of Afro Germans for over 25 years.

[Notes on captions: German with English subtitles. Captioned by artist.]


Performance piece and autobiographic short, creating a Black gender fluid narrative within a broader European context. <4min.>

[Notes on captions: No dialogue. Music piece. Lyrics not captioned.
Select English words captioned by artist for impact. Artist choice.]


Short film created during the historical May Day. The film talks about the complicated relationships of different bodies in a fluid space - with humour (of course!). <7min.>

[Notes on captions: No dialogue. Background music. Music not captioned.
Select English words captioned by artist for impact. Artist choice.]

► It's PoeTRY

A non-budget short film that talks about Queer politics by using Poetry in a public space in one of the biggest metro stations in Berlin, "Alexanderplatz".
Street Poetry Performance by Poe Liberado. <6min.>

[Notes on captions: English. No captions. Artist choice.]


WORLD PREMIERE. A film about migrating from a "save nations" country as a racialized, fluid person, to a country that is still a colony. What does "home" and "belonging" in times like these mean? A soundscape. <3min.>

[Notes on captions: German. No English subtitles. Artist choice.]


See the trailers for Bromance. Re-thinking masculinities, a story about friendship,
families and white supremacy in Ottawa. Let’s be serious. <2min.>

[Notes on captions: No captions. Artist choice.]

Monday May 27, 2013
6pm – food / 6:30pm – films

William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St.
*We acknowledge that this event takes place on stolen, unceded and occupied land and acknowledge that settlers benefit from occupying Indigenous land.*

- ASL-English Interpretation
- captions (some)
* note: short films have are selectively captioned as per artist intent, feature documentary is German with English subtitles
- wheelchair accessible venue
* note: no power push buttons in washrooms
- gender-neutral washrooms*
- trans-positive space
- food – vegan
- TTC tokens available

For info/accessibility/questions contact:


Artist bio:

Please note the artist choose "they" instead of "he or she".

Juli (a) was born in the German Democratic Republic. (Parents Angola and Germany)

Juli (a) Rivera is an African-European gender fluid activist, filmmaker and photographer who lives and works in Berlin and Toronto. They are an activist in various communities. They started in Leipzig (East Germany) as a Photography and Performance artist. Their latest work is centered about Family Formations, Migration and the ways in which “we” perceive images of gender, race, class, nation and the notions of a “self-identified body” that is not fixed.

Besides the fabuloussness, they studied European Anthropology and Gender Studies in Berlin and have been an exchange student to Toronto in Gender Studies.

Latest work:
They have their own film screening series hosted by Frau Muttermund called "The smallest cinema in Toronto"
And they work with various artists on a book for different families called "Secret" (an international collaboration)

William Doo Auditorium
45 Willcocks St.
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 40.4856" N, 79° 24' 3.2256" W
Ontario CA
Trans Film Series

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