To Be a Miss takes the viewer through the inner workings of Venezuela’s beauty factory, exploring the hopes and dreams of young models as they strive to become the next Miss Venezuela. Following three central protagonists, the film exposes the risks and rewards associated with this multi-billion-dollar industry while showing how nationalism, personal ambition, and the influence of mass media have transformed the lives of ordinary women in the country.
British artist Sarah Maple’s art and life is on display in this documentary. Her work is unfailingly bold and brave, not for the coy or faint of heart. Her mixed heritage unapologetically influences her art as she examines her intersection of feminism, Islam and modern-day life. After one of her pieces ignites controversy and threatens her safety, Sarah Maple is forced to reexamine her work and process as she approaches her first solo show since her life-threatening incident.
What if the city streets filled with fat people dancing happily, energetically, all in unison? Juicy D. Light is a fat dancer. She believes that people should live “out loud” whatever their body size and she is not alone. This film tracks Juicy D.’s dream and follows her plan to bring a group of colorfully dressed people to dance in the streets of San Francisco, showing the rest of us what it looks like to be fat and happy.
Ron & Roland Addad are very compatible and very identical twins. Director Sami Chan walks us through a playful conversation between twin brothers and leads to their musings on twin life, identity, artistic vision, and toy collecting.
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“Reel in the Closet” brings to light a trove of historical footage from an era when LGBT life was mostly left undocumented. These home movies offer fascinating and often poignant moving images from the 1930s through the AIDS epidemic, which are at risk of being lost to history without the efforts of the archivists who work to find, preserve, and catalog them.