Arts + Culture,
ReelQ: I'm Moshanty. Do You Love Me?
Jul 31, 2019 - Jul 31, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City of Asylum
40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(Run time: 1 hr 12 minutes)
Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most dangerous place to be a woman, with 70% reporting that they experienced family and sexual violence before the age of 15. Sorcery killings and domestic abuse take the lives of hundreds of women every year. HIV infection rates are the highest in the Pacific. Because of violence and discrimination, transgender persons are homeless, unemployed, denied education and medical care and living under the greatest possible threat of robbery, rape and murder.
Yet there is one transgender woman who is loved by nearly every person in Papua New Guinea. The iconic recording artist and legendary entertainer Moses Moshanty Tau is a national hero and a beacon to the transgender community of the entire South Pacific. Filmed over a weekend in October of 2017 and including her last live performances, I’m Moshanty. Do You Love Me? is an introduction and a musical tribute to the career of the transgender activist with a mother’s heart, teeth of gold and a voice like a coronet. Hear about her journey from a tiny Motuan village to a mis-gendered public figure at the top of the South Pacific music industry. In her last interview, she shares her personal truth and her greatest desires as a woman with her millions of fans.
Tim Wolff received his education from the California Institute of the Arts Directing for Theatre and Film program, studying closely with legendary director Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers, Sweet Smell of Success) and two-time Oscar winning documentarian Terry Sanders. The Sons of Tennessee Williams, his first feature documentary, premiered at The Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2011 and then traveled to 30 film festivals worldwide as part of an extended 4 year release by celebrated New York City distributor First Run Features. This included theatrical premieres in NYC and Los Angeles, New York Times and Los Angeles Times feature stories, PBS screenings, a DVD release and finally as a selection on Netflix, Itunes and Amazon Streaming, Hulu, as well as being held in over 250 libraries around the world. In July of 2014, SONS of TW signed with France’s Quadra Film Coalition for all international theatrical and broadcast distribution.In June of 2013, SONS of TW was screened in Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in China as a Fulbright funded/US State Department cultural exchange with the director in attendance, beginning with the asian premiere at the Beijing Queer Film Festival. n October, 2017, Mr. Wolff traveled to Papua/New Guinea at the invitation of the U. S. Embassy in Port Moresby. There he documented the transgender communities in the villages of Hanuabada, Goroka and Hula for the purposes of a short documentary. He conducted workshops at University of Papua/New Guinea, The American Center in Port Moresby and at the Center for Social and Creative Media, University of Papua/New Guinea, Goroka. The SONS of TW screened at the Human Rights Film Festival of Papua/New Guinea 2017.
ReelQ: Pittsburgh’s International LGBTQ Film Festival
The Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in Pittsburgh and the surrounding tri-state region. In addition, PLGFS provides a crucial service to the cultural vitality of Pittsburgh, designed to support lesbian and gay artists, and to provide a much-needed cultural outlet for the lesbian and gay communities in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.