Aug 13, 2023
8:45 PM

International Village - Theatre 8


Hailing from a small town in the far east side of Russia, Gena, a 21-year-old trans performance artist, uses fashion as a form of political protest, marching the streets of Moscow in fantastic homemade creations as if in their own personal gallery space. Using drag activism as a means of challenging modern beauty standards as well as protesting the treatment of LGBTQIA+ people in Russia under Putin’s profoundly conservative rule, Gena receives attention wherever they go. But while their art is met with stunned confusion in their hometown, it risks eliciting more violent responses in the country’s capital, placing Gena under the constant threat of danger.

A thrilling showcase of Gena’s boundless creativity, Agniia Galdanova’s rousing documentary is a visually stunning piece of work, which also serves as a powerful testament to countless other queer Russian artists, activists, and disruptors who risk their lives in the hope of a better future.

Screening followed by a drag performance by Vixen Von Flex!

Total event runtime: 121 min

This film has been rated 14A by BC Consumer Protection with an advisory for coarse language.