Media Arts Program

Friday, July 10, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. and 9:30p.m.

$7 general, $5 students/seniors, $4 members

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Rosa von Praunheim

Transexual Menace

Second Screening Just Added!!
Transexual Menace (1996) takes its title from the name of "the most exciting political action group in the USA"—transgendered people who are defining themselves and fighting for their rights. "Transsexual Menace gives viewers remarkable insight into the home and work lives of transsexuals from many cultures and countries, including female-to-male transsexuals and those with families and children. Considered by von Praunheim to be the 'most fascinating [project] in my long life as a filmmaker,' Transsexual Menace is a sensitive and carefully crafted portrait that deals with issues openly and honestly. 'I was able to earn the trust of many who are often reluctant to be interviewed. Courageous people talked to me, who transitioned in such problematic professions as law enforcement and firefighting.'"

Rosa Von Praunheim was born Holger Mischwitzky in Riga, Latvia. The name Rosa was chosen to remind people of the pink triangle (rosa winkel) that homosexuals had to wear in the Nazi concentration camps. Since the early 70s, von Praunheim has been a vital contributor to the history of queer cinema, and since 1988, a favorite at Ways In Being Gay. Hallwalls first screened von Praunheim's A Virus Has No Morals in 1986, and in 1994 his collected films were the subject of a major retrospective sponsored by the Goethe House.