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Acting Out: 25 Years of Queer Film & Community in Hamburg

Acting Out: 25 Years of Queer Film & Community in Hamburg

ACTING OUT is a documentary about the International Queer Film Festival Hamburg that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. The filmmakers have filmed, interviewed, gleaned the archives, watched hours of footage and edited reams of material into a small masterpiece. With its gorgeous shots and sublime soundtrack, the documentary entertainingly brings across both the unique atmosphere and 25-year history, and above all, illuminates the complex mesh that both forms and carries the festival. On another note, the film tries to detect the ways a queer film festival like this has functioned as a platform for unheard voices – and continues to do so in the present. For some people, its sole existence has been a life changing momentum.