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14/11/2022 - Projection du film Sexile de Lázaro González's suivie d'une discussion avec le réalisateur

"Sexile and the Task of Archi­ving Cuban Queer Diasporas"

Please join us on Novem­ber 14th 2022 for a scree­ning of Láza­ro González’s film Sexile and a film­ma­ker dis­cus­sion with the film­ma­ker mode­ra­ted by Dr. Zai­ra Zarza.

This event will take place in the York Amphi­theatre E.V. (EV 1.615) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. The event is free to attend but RSVP is requi­red – done via this link. The audi­to­rium is wheel­chair acces­sible and the Concor­dia SGW Cam­pus is loca­ted at the Guy-Concor­dia metro sta­tion. This event is pre­sen­ted by Archi­ve/­Coun­ter-Archive.

Event Des­crip­tion : Film­ma­ker Láza­ro Gonzá­lez will reflect on his ongoing pro­cess of crea­ting a coun­ter-archive of the most signi­fi­cant migra­to­ry cri­sis to date in this hemis­phere : the Mariel Boat­lift. In his second fea­ture film, the docu­men­ta­rian addresses how this exo­dus was also a noto­rious queer migra­tion, ins­ti­ga­ted by the Cuban government's ins­ti­tu­tio­nal homo­pho­bia, and one that remains as a gap in the offi­cial his­to­ry of this Carib­bean island. As a living coun­ter-archive, Sexile uses cine­ma­to­gra­phic devices to represent the obli­vion of thou­sands of queer Cubans who were expel­led from their coun­try in 1980 and for­ced to reset­tle in the Uni­ted States. This hybrid research endea­vour also high­lights the extent to which the desi­red free­dom of Marie­li­tos was vexed by racism, homo­pho­bia, reset­tle­ment issues, and the AIDS epi­de­mic. For Gonzá­lez, making a film becomes more than a means to represent the uns­pea­kable, it is also a way of ques­tio­ning the unbea­rable trau­mas of being in sexile.

About Láza­ro González : 

Láza­ro Gonzá­lez is a Ph.D. can­di­date in Film & Media at UC Ber­ke­ley and an award-win­ning film­ma­ker. His areas of inter­est include queer cine­ma, non-fic­tion sto­ry­tel­ling, and Latin Ame­ri­can film and media pro­duc­tion. He holds a MA in Lite­ra­tures, Cultures, and Lan­guages from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Connec­ti­cut and a BA in Jour­na­lism from the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hava­na, and he gra­dua­ted from Inter­na­tio­nal Work­shops in the Inter­na­tio­nal School of Cine­ma in San Anto­nio de los Baños (Cuba), and the Sun­dance Docu­men­ta­ry Lab.

About Zai­ra Zarza : 

Zai­ra Zar­za is Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Uni­ver­si­té de Mont­réal. In 2015, she foun­ded Roots and Routes, an archi­val and cura­to­rial pro­ject that pro­motes film and media works by Cubans in the dia­spo­ra. Zar­za direc­ted the LASA Film Fes­ti­val in2019 and has wor­ked as a pro­gram­mer at the Toron­to (TIFF) and Car­ta­ge­na (FICCI) Film Fes­ti­vals. Her cur­rent research focuses on Carib­bean film eco­no­mies and Latinx-Cana­dian cinema.