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Queersighted: Turn the Gaze Around

For the second installment of Queersighted, a series from guest programmer Michael Koresky that views film history through a distinctly queer lens, we turn our sights to a handful of filmmakers who have turned their gazes away from convention, using cinema to eroticize the unexpected and subvert objectification. In a new conversation, Koresky and food and film writer Mayukh Sen explore the work of artists from Jean Cocteau to Cheryl Dunye who have subverted the heterosexual male gaze. Men looking at men, women looking at women: the result is, of course, pure pleasure.

Looking for a place to start?
Gus Van Sant’s New Queer Cinema classic My Own Private Idaho stars Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix as a pair of wayward hustlers drifting through the Pacific Northwest. Then Cheryl Dunye devises a brilliantly reflexive mockumentary style to investigate the intersection of race and sexuality in The Watermelon Woman. 

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Black Lives

We’ve lifted the subscription paywall on films from our library that center on the experiences, dreams, struggles, desires, and art of black people in the United States and beyond.

Voices of Protest

Power to the people! The films collected here show ordinary people rising up in the factories of Turin, the banlieus of Paris, the coal mines of Kentucky, and the streets of Algiers.

Directed by Chantal Akerman

One of cinema’s boldest visionaries, Chantal Akerman used film to investigate geography and identity, space and time, sexuality and alienation.

Italy Uncloseted

Filmmaker Paul Rowley introduces a double bill about the persecution of gay men in Mussolini’s Italy, pairing his short with Ettore Scola’s tender drama starring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren.

Directed by Cheryl Dunye

These inventive, self-reflexive “Dunyementaries” offer multilayered, sharply funny commentaries on the intersections of black and queer identity.


Exclusive streaming premiere: Nadav Lapid’s deliriously unhinged dark comedy evokes the whiplash disorientation of the immigrant experience with both ferocious intensity and unexpected poetry.

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