Otherness Archive: a visual archive documenting queer films and its pioneers, as well as a space for contemporary filmmakers.
“Otherness is a fundamental category of human thought. Thus it is that no group ever sets itself up as the One without at once setting up the Other over against itself.”
- Simone De Beauvoir
The Otherness Archive was created out of being othered, thus reimagining the term as a form of empowerment and celebration. The term Otherness felt like a word I had known for so long, however it was through discovering Puerto Rican cinema, that I fully understood It as something I had experienced. The Puerto Rican cinema that contained homosexual tendencies is typically considered the other cinema. It felt right to begin a process of championing filmmakers who fell under the umbrella of otherness whether it be in relation to race, gender or sexuality and archiving their work. I understand identities are not fixed in time or space; fighting on behalf of identity politics is not a new concept. What I hope to do is acknowledge the forgotten: the pioneers who influenced cinema and the contemporary filmmakers who are creating new modes of filmmaking today. Those who’s films, representations and themes celebrate and center the multiplicity of experiences that exist beyond those solely of white heterosexual men.
The Otherness Archive defies the historic censorship of homosexual, trans and racial themes, and instead highlights them as representations of otherness that
deserve equal, if not greater, recognition. Otherness acts as a route into complex narratives and subjectivities that make for richer cinema.
In staying true to the ethos of Otherness Archive, our screenings and workshops are a place for those who understand otherness. There is no structure and most of it is peer lead. We are excited to provide works that might not be accessible to the public due to linguistic, financial and institutional factors. We are relatively new, and thus experimenting with DIY methods of watching and hearing cinema, and of understanding those who create it. For our program funded by Arts Council England we are focusing on the trans and gender non conforming narratives and the filmmaking pioneers. Over the next two months we are excited to bring these events to you at no cost to the public.
We honor and highlight our community of trans masc, trans male, trans nonbinary, trans freminine, trans women and gender-queer people through the language of cinema. As well as groups of artists and writers from the trans* community who discuss and share films that had an impact on them and the history of their subcultures.
- Otherness Archive