Tickets: € 4.99 – On Demand – Available via cultuurticket.nl/transcreen
In this program, you will be treated to both a beautiful documentary and the short film ‘Rosie’. This short sets the scene in its black and white image. In the main feature, we follow the intriguing Iván Monalisa and their life in New York. The documentary will be introduced by the new film festival queer.red presents!, for and with sex workers, founded by former TranScreen organizers Maik and Plette.
Paula Cajiao | USA | 2021 | 9 min | English spoken | No subtitles | Short film, Drama
After a long day at work, a man walks into an after-hours bar for his last drink before heading home, when he meets someone that is not who he expects to be. This compelling short film centers an African-American transgender woman, who is sitting at a bar reflecting on her life’s story and remembering the lives of friends lost too soon along the way. The film is a moving tribute characterized by a combination of warmth, love, defiance, grief, and anger, that demands both compassion and accountability.
The Journey of Monalisa
Nicole Costa | Chile | 2019 | 98 min | Spanish and English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
After 17 years, Nicole Costa gets in touch with Iván Ojeda, her old Chilean friend from college. Back then he was a talented theater director and playwright, and now he has radically re-invented himself. She now goes by Monalisa and works as a sex worker on the streets of New York. Intrigued by this transformation, Costa decides to follow Iván Monalisa, a “gender-neutral two-spirit,” in their tough and vulnerable life filled with fleeting sexual encounters and addiction to hard drugs. Nonetheless, Monalisa remains a true artist and continues to write beautiful, raw pieces about life and survival in New York.
Watch trailer here (it doesn’t have subtitles, the documentary itself does)