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LGBT / Queer Film & Cinema

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This guide will help you begin your research in Queer Film/Cinema Studies through the library's collections and beyond.

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feature & popular films

Moonlight

2016 | A young black man struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Based on the play "In moonlight black boys look blue" by Tarell Alvin McCraney.  

Tomcat (Kater)

2016  |  Andreas and Stefan lead an idyllic life near Vienna and even work in the same orchestra, as manager and musician. But one morning an unexpected outburst of violence from Stefan shakes their harmonious relationship to its core. 

The Handmaiden (Agassi)

2016 | The Handmaiden is a 2016 South Korean erotic psychological thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo and Cho Jin-woong. It is inspired from the novel Fingersmith by Welsh writer Sarah Waters,

Tangerine

2015  |  It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn't been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor.

Carol

2015  |  Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.

Dallas Buyers Club

2013  |  In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. He joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can't wait for the medical establishment to save them.

Blue is the warmest color

2013  |  French coming-of-age romantic drama film co-written/co-produced/directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. The film revolves around Adèle, a teenager who discovers desire and freedom when a blue-haired aspiring painter enters her life. Based on the 2010 graphic novel of the same name by Julie Maroh.

Tomboy

2011  |  From out lesbian director Celine Sciamma (Water Lilies), Tomboy tells the story of 10-year-old Laure (played by the amazing Zoe Heran) who moves to the suburbs and decides to pass as a boy amongst the pack of neighborhood kids. 

Pariah

2011 |  A black teenager (Adepero Oduye) living in Brooklyn embraces her identity as a lesbian, but she struggles with how much she can confide in her parents (Kim Wayans, Charles Parnell).

The Kids Are All Right

2010  |  Lesbian couple Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) have been together for almost 20 years and have two teenage offspring named Joni and Laser, who were conceived via artificial insemination. Unbeknown to their mothers, Joni and Laser seek out their biological father

Milk

2008 | Biopic of murdered San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, a human-rights activist and the first openly gay man elected to major public office when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977.

Brokeback Mountain

2005  |  A ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy meet on a herding gig and unwittingly fall in love; they separate at the end of the job, but have a long-running affair, while each maintains a heterosexual lifestyle.

 

La mala educación : Bad education

2005  |  Filmmaker Enrique gets a visit from an aspiring actor claiming to be his old school friend Igancio, who has written a story about their traumatic childhood spent at Catholic school. In the story, a drag performer attempts to blackmail a predatory priest by exposing their scandalous past.

Transamerica

2005  |  Affecting portrait of a male-to-female transsexual starring Felicity Huffman in an Oscar-nominated role. Kevin Zegers. Directed by Duncan Tucker.

 

The Hours

2002  |  Three women cope with sadness and dissatisfaction with their lives in this tale of Virginia Woolf, a '50s housewife and a contemporary book editor.

 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Movie Poster

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

2001  |  A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

The Crying Game

1992  |  Fergus, an IRA volunteer, begins an affair with the girlfriend of a British soldier that he helped to kidnap. But all is not as it seems.

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documentary & educational

Becoming More Visible

2016  |  Are you Male or Female? Becoming More Visible shines a humanizing light four fearless young transgender adults, both their struggles and their triumphs, and showcases the importance of having a steady support system. The film also briefly goes over the physical process some of them decide to take in transitioning.

Just Gender

2013 | The most comprehensive film ever made on the topic of alternative gender identity and gender expression, and a passionate cry for social justice for those whose lives are so affected by this long-misunderstood condition. Provides a substantial journey into the wide spectrum of experiences and situations that make up this community, from cross-dressers to those who undergo sexual reassignment surgery, from childhood to adulthood, from family life to work, to marriage, to social life.

How to Survive a Plague

2012  |  The story of the brave young men and women who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation, and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time.

It's Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School

1996  |  What if instead, we taught children to understand and respect LGBT people? We set out to find schools where teachers were courageous enough to find age appropriate ways to address anti-gay stigma in their classrooms and the results were stunning. 

Paris is Burning

1990  |  A documentary about the young homosexual men of Harlem who originated "voguing" and turned these stylized dance competitions into glittering expressions of fierce personal pride. A story of street-wise urban survival, gay self-affirmation, and the pursuit of a desperate dream.

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Common Threads

1989  |  Common Threads tells the powerful story of the first decade of the AIDS epidemic, as told through the lives of five very diverse individuals who shared a common fate.  The film weaves together personal memories and television news stories to expose the U.S. government’s failure to respond to the growing epidemic, and the vibrant protest movement that was born as a result.

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Before Stonewall

1984  |  Before Stonewall pries open the closet door--setting free the dramatic story of the sometimes horrifying public and private existences experienced by gay and lesbian Americans since the 1920s...

The Times of Harvey Milk

1984  |  First gay-themed film by openly gay filmmakers to win an Academy Award. A true twentieth-century trailblazer, Harvey Milk was an outspoken human rights activist and one of the first openly gay U.S. politicians elected to public office; even after his assassination in 1978, he continues to inspire disenfranchised people around the world.