Aids DIVA: THE LEGEND OF CONNIE NORMAN + Q&A (with CC and BSL)
Wed May 18, 18:45
Film,Q+A, Rio Cinema, £11.50 / £9.50 con
Trailblazing trans and ACT UP activist of the 80s and 90s, Connie Norman’s life and work was defiantly queer and intersectional, describing herself as an ‘’ex-drag queen, ex-hooker, ex-IV drug user, ex-high risk youth and current post-operative transsexual woman who is HIV positive.’ Alencastre’s film is a celebratory reappraisal of Norman life and activism, from marrying a gay interior designer, joining the radical fairies to taking on right-wing talk show hosts, all with her distinctive wit, wisdom and tenacity.
The film uses rare vintage video clips to delve deep into Connie’s compassionate plea for humanity in a world spiraling into far-right ideology, featuring the voices of prominent activists Larry Kramer and Harry Hay, the film brings Norman’s piercing call to action into an alarmingly similar present.
dir. Dante Alencastre | USA 2021 | 62’
The film will be followed by a Q+A with the film’s director Dante Alencastre and Andria Mordaunt from ACT UP London. Wake up. Stand up. Act up.
The film is in English with Closed Captions, and there will be BSL interpretation for intro and Q&A.
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