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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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La Mesa

director: Adrian Garcia Gomez
original title: La Mesa
country: United States
year: 2018
running time: 10 min.

synopsis

Genre conventions cleverly broken down with animations, breaking through the scenery of rural Mexico, where in the area surrounding the director’s family farm, symbols of stories of physical desire conceal a layer of idyllic childhood memories and come into conflict with the traditional concept of masculinity and identity expression.  

"By centering queer desire within the story of my Mexican-American family, I validate my own lived experience as well as challenge popular representation of masculinity, power and vulnerability." A. G. Gomez

 

biography

Adrian Garcia Gomez (1972) is an interdisciplinary artist working with film, video, photography, and illustrations. He studied photography and video in New York and art history and photography at university in San Francisco. His work, much of which is autobiographical and performative in nature, explores issues of race, gender, sexuality, and immigration, contrasted with tradition, conventions, and Maya spirituality. 

 

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director: Adrian Garcia Gomez
producer: Adrian Garcia Gomez
editing: Adrian Garcia Gomez

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