2007, Thu, Nov 01

Looking for Langston & Gay Sex in the 70s

Blitz Cinema

Isaac Julien | Looking for Langston | (c) BFI (UK) and Salzgeber & Co. Medien

Isaac Julien | Looking for Langston | (c) BFI (UK) and Salzgeber & Co. Medien

In the black civil rights movement and gays' political battle, the artistic means of comedy and stylised overdrawing were developed into hard-hitting weapons. The Blitz Cinema section of the programme presents outstanding film works by contemporary witnesses and protagonists of the scene that deal with the cultural identity of African-Americans, subcultural movements like rap and Afro-punk, biographies of transsexuals in pop culture, and the "golden age" of gay New York before the advent of AIDS.


Looking for Langston D: Isaac Julien, Great Britain 1988, 49 min, OV

Gay Sex in the 70s D: Joseph F. Lovett, USA 2005, 71 min, OV

Double feature on gay history: A portrait of the African-American poet Langston Hughes, who in the 1920s was among the pioneers of the homosexual scene in New York, and a documentary about the bygone world of a New York subculture in which AIDS was unknown and every evening an adventure.