SEEfest Borderlands/Nowherelands Dialogues
Monday, Nov 13, 7 pm
UCLA Bridges Theatre
Screening of the award-winning documentary film
When I Was a Boy, I Was a Girl (Serbia, 2013; short documentary; 30 min)
Renowned Serbian filmmaker Ivana Todorovic is back in L.A. with her
groundbreaking film starring a transgender diva!
RSVP is highly recommended.
Attendance is free, but RSVP is mandatory.
In this intimate documentary from the Serbian auteur whose films focus on marginalized groups, the filmmaker brings us into the world of Belgrade transsexual Goca and her unorthodox family. Straddling the two worlds of socially accepted behavior and her own reality, Goca boldly steps on a public stage in a rousing finale.
Ivana Todorovic (Serbia) is a writer/director of socially engaging films that explore trauma and recovery through empathy. Her most recent film, “End of the Road” world premiered at the 2022 Palm Springs International ShortFest, and is still on the festival circuit around the globe. The short fiction film “When I’m at
Home” has played festivals worldwide winning multiple awards, and was invited to screen at “The Principle of Migration” exhibition at The New York Foundation for the Arts Gallery. Todorovic’s films “Adem’s Island”, ” When I was a boy, I was a girl”, “A Harlem Mother”, “Rapresent”, “Everyday life of Roma children from Block 71” have been shown in over 200 international film festivals including Berlinale, Rotterdam IFF, Sarajevo Film Festival, Dokufest, and have collectively won over 40 awards. Her films have been acquired by The New York Times and Aeon Films, and have screened at The Anthology Film Archive in New York, and the Cultura de Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain. Ivana teaches master classes and practical seven-day documentary film workshops at universities, film festivals, and institutions worldwide.
Sylvan Oswald (he/him) creates text-based projects exploring trans identity, history, and nonviolent dramaturgy. Recent work includes High Winds (Fusebox
Festival, PICA’s TBA Festival, X Artists’ Books); Trainers (Gate Theatre, London); and Outtakes, a web series. Plays include A Kind of Weather (Diversionary Theater), Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb), and Pony (About Face Theater). Sylvan is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a Soho Rep Dorothy Strelsin Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Sundance/UCross. Sylvan is an alumnus
of New Dramatists and heads the playwriting program at UCLA.
Dante Alencastre is a working artist/filmmaker/activist who makes his living from his artivist work. His imagination envisions projects and sees the potential in individuals and the importance of stories and combines this with the courage and conviction to tell them, often beginning before any organizational structure or financial assurance is in place, but with a trust that their inherent importance to the community will allow them to come into being. He directs and produces LGBTQ+ documentary films with a particular focus on the social justice and visibility of the Transgender community. Previous films include – in Peru, (‘En El Fuego’ ( 2008), ‘El Fuego Dentro’ ( 2011), and in Los Angeles, (‘Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story’ (2013), ’Raising Zoey’ ( 2016), and ‘AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman’ (2021).
SEEfest program and activities are supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; ELMA Foundation for European Movies in America, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and California Humanities. We are deeply grateful for their continued support of our programs.
SEEfest program and activities are supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; by a grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; ELMA Foundation for European Movies in America, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. We are deeply grateful for their continued support of our programs.