For the last three years we have attended and promoted QDoc – The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, the only festival in the nation devoted to presenting LGBT documentaries exclusively. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, featuring eleven unique curated programs. The four-day festival begins May 19 at the Hollywood Theatre and continues through May 22, with films exploring LGBT history, culture and politics. Film descriptions can be found here.
The festival kicks off with the documentary Strike a Pose about the dancers from Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour in 1990. The documentary reunites the dancers to look back on the theatrics of the tour in the height of the AIDS crisis. On Friday don’t miss Clambake, a reflection on the 30-year history of Women’s Week in Provincetown, the famously queer resort town in Massachusetts.
The Saturday standout film The Same Difference, is a powerful documentary about the African-American lesbian community and the performative expectations of gender. Sunday afternoon go see Mariela Catro’s March, a film about Cuban congresswoman Mariela Castro (and niece of Fidel) documents her tireless advocacy for the rights of LGBT Cubans in the face of decades of cultural and institutional homophobia. Also on Sunday, don’t miss the intense doc Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, an exploration of the incarceration of four women accused of raping two little girls, and their quest for exoneration with the help of the Innocence Project.
This years boasts an amazing lineup of films, covering a wide range of LGBT topics and issues. We highly recommend getting tickets and supporting this amazing, unique-to-Portland film fest. Get your tix!