QUEENDOM (SXSW2023) – Review by Leslie Combemale

What makes Queendom, documentarian Agniia Galdanova’s profile of queer trans performance artist Gena Marvin, so compelling, is how focused it is on the artist’s coming of age. Filmed between 2019 and February of 2023, it spans the time in which Gena, an orphan raised by grandparents in the far east Russian town of Magadan, expands her commitment to activism through art and solidifies her worldview. Through Galdanova’s footage, the audience experiences the few highs and many lows of Gena’s young life, and has a closeup view of her fearless and often disturbing guerrilla performance art.

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