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History Doesn't Have to Repeat Itself

Stéphane Gérard

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Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker

The Bronx

Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance | 2474 Westchester Ave.

Curated by Theodore Kerr, Co-presented by VisualAIDS

Wednesday, July 15 | 7:30PM
Stéphane Gérard, History Doesn't Have to Repeat Itself, video, 84min., 2014
Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance | 2474 Westchester Ave
Followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker

What does history sound like? look like? feel like? The genre of the educational documentary is queered in Stéphane Gérard's History Doesn't Have to Repeat Itself in which Sylvia Rivera's battle cry in the Stonewall era is used to crack open what we think we know about how we got to this moment of queerness and assimilationist politics, making space for new agendas to emerge. Between 2012 and 2013, filmmaker Stéphane Gérard recorded conversations with prominent queer New York artists and public figures: Perry Brass (Gay Liberation Front), Deborah Edel (Lesbian Herstory Archives), Cara Page, Chelsea Johnson Long and Elliot Fukui (Audre Lorde Project), Arthur Aviles and Charles Rice-Gonzalex (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance [BAAD!]), Camilo Godoy, Megan Mulholland, Michael Tikili and Reginald Brown (Queerocracy), Sarah Schulman and Jim Hubbard (MIX NYC). The film's remix of oral history, archival footage, and manipulated video finds generations of activists hugging, marching, looking beautiful, pontificating and working / twerking for a better tomorrow.

The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and home of the Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre and The Bronx Dance Coalition is a New York City cultural backbone, described in the New York Times as a place where tenacious art "sprouts like grass through concrete in the Bronx."

Curator: Theodore Kerr
Co-presented by VisualAIDS