To celebrate Pride this year, Kriterion screens two films that celebrate queer love and represent the experiences of LGBTQ+ people and culture. This year on the 31st of July marks the 25th year of celebrating Pride in Amsterdam.
Sunday August 1st | 19:30 | English spoken
Marlon Riggs, with assistance from other gay Black men, especially poet Essex Hemphill, celebrates Black men loving Black men as a revolutionary act. The film intercuts footage of Hemphill reciting his poetry, Riggs telling the story of his growing up, scenes of men in social intercourse and dance, and various comic riffs, including a visit to the “Institute of Snap!thology,” where men take lessons in how to snap their fingers: the sling snap, the point snap, the diva snap.
Sunday August 8th | 19:30 | French with English subtitles
Fifteen young dancers of various origins and horizons, touring with ‘Crowd’: choreographer Gisèle Vienne’s dance piece on the 90’s rave scene. Following them from theatre to theatre, If It Were Love (Si c’était de l’amour) documents their work as well as their strange, intimate relationships. For the line becomes blurry, the stage seems to contaminate real life—unless the opposite is happening. From a dance documentary, the film grows into a troubling journey into our nights, our parties, our loves.