Behind Every Good Man + Pariah | Home Is Where the Heart Is
Explorations of queerness as home, curated by IU Cinema guest programmer in residency Maya Cade of the Black Film Archive. Cade is scheduled to be present to introduce the screening.
Behind Every Good Man | Directed by Nikolai Ursin: Produced several years before the historic Stonewall uprising for LGBTQ rights in 1969, director Nikolai Ursin's gently activist short Behind Every Good Man provides an illuminating glimpse into the life of an African American trans woman. In strong contrast to the stereotypically negative and hostile depictions of transgender persons as seen through the lens of Hollywood at the time, the subject of Ursin’s independent film is rendered as stable, hopeful, and well-adjusted. The resulting intimate portrait serves as a rare cultural artifact of transgender life and African American life in the U.S. at the mid-century. [8 mins; documentary; English]
Pariah | Directed by Dee Rees: Alike is a 17-year-old African American woman who lives with her family in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry and is a good high-school student. Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the support of Laura—her sometimes-boisterous best friend and out-lesbian—Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained, and there is further tension around Alike’s sexuality. Unsure as to how much she can confide in her family, she strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity. [126 mins; drama; English]