MIX NYC Events: It’s Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse But the Situation in Which He Lives

It's Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse But the Situation in Which He Lives

It’s Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse But the Situation in Which He Lives
1970, 16mm on video, color, sound, 67 min

Saturday, September 26, 7:30 pm

Post screening discussion with Filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim and Film Scholar-Historian Ger Zielinski

Pre-screening introduction by MIX NYC Executive Director Stephen Kent Jusick

Co-presented with UnionDocs

322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

L to Lorimer Street / G to Metropolitan Ave
J to Hewes Street

Part of Rosa von Praunheim Weekend at Union Docs. The filmmaker will join Ger Zielinski following the Saturday screening for an in-person discussion about “It’s Not the Homosexual Who is Perverse….”

In German with English subtitles. A radically critical denunciation of homosexuals who are content to fit into a gay stereotype of social superficiality and political passivity in the face of blatant discrimination, this film caused a furor in Germany. It also led to the foundation of the modern German gay liberation movement. The appearance of this film was crucial to the founding of the new German gay movement. Over 50 political gay groups sprang up in the wake of his film’s showing in the cities and towns of Germany.


Filmmaker and gay-rights activist Rosa von Praunheim is one of the leading figures in gay and lesbian cinema and New German Cinema, although his deliberately controversial techniques, designed to challenge audiences, have sometimes caused him to be criticized by both gay and anti-gay supporters.

Ger Zielinski, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, where he is working on 1970s and 80s NYC queer minor cinemas and their scenes. He also spends months of the year as a researcher in the Institut für Europäische Ethnologie at Humboldt Universität in Berlin. He was an experimental film curator with the nomadic Pleasure Dome in Toronto for many years and continues to program independently.

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