Erika Suderburg

2000, 69:32 minutes, colour, English


Somatography is an experimental documentary that examines the nature of storytelling, politics, and recall in relation to Queer Los Angeles. City, sexuality and politics serve as volatile sites of memory, history and definition which in turn interrogate the amnesiac constructions we fabricate in order to navigate our internal and external environs. through the nesting of categories and chosen topics, overlappings, frissions, and 'leads' to new stories, Somatography speaks to the connective and disparate nature of "city " as defines through myriad voices, fanciful constructions, and uncanny connections. The history of the early Gay Rights movement is chronicled and woven through Los Angeles history. Anchored in stories of the new left, radical fairies, Act-Up and of the leftist Queer Rights grassroots organizations and participants in these movements define the city, its queer children and the history that has been conveniently buried.

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