Lionel Soukaz + Guy Hocquenghem, Race d’Ep (aka The Homosexual Century), 16mm on DV, 84 mins., 1979 Filmmaker Lionel Soukaz and translator Bruce Benderson in attendance
Dirty Looks and Artists Space present a new translation, overseen by Bruce Benderson, of Lionel Soukaz and Guy Hocquenghem’s infamous Race d’Ep (translating, literally, to Breed of Faggots), which traces representations of homosexual desire from the advent of photography through gay liberation. Produced in tandem with the book Race d’Ep!: Un Siecle d’Images de l’Homosexualité by Hocquenghem, the film is a frank experimental documentary charting gay visibility and a cultural emergence from the shadows.
Not screened in this country since its initial American run in the early 1980s, Race d’Ep is an important and exciting film in need of rediscovery. Presented with a new, improved translation, this screening will introduce a contemporary audience to a key work in the formation of queer theory and radical queer culture and politics.