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Daniel Baker
2024, United Kingdom, Germany, 13 min

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A short, experimental and visually striking documentary, produced by an entirely queer team, which foregrounds the importance of 'freak-show' performances amongst the queer community in Berlin. 22-year old trans 'freak-show' performer Mona Guyard has built a cult FLINTA (femme, lesbian, intersex, non-binary, trans, a-gender) following in Europe with her courageous performances. We follow Mona from a rural childhood through her discovery of drag, to the development and premiere in Berlin of an astonishing performance involving 39 needles and peacock feathers. The Princess & the Peacock is a rare and intimate glimpse into the transformative role 'freak show' performance can play in the FLINTA community, as a powerful ritual space for catharsis and healing.The film is explicitly queer in execution- refusing realist and normative representation of LGBTQI+ subjects. Instead it pays homage to the queer magic of Jarman and Kenneth Anger through visceral and phantasmagoric imagery.
13 min
United Kingdom, Germany
Daniel Baker-Wells
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