UCLA Film & Television Archive's Festival of Preservation: Word is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives

From drag queens to the Kwakwaka'wakw nation, this weekend's screenings glimpse other people's lives

You'll get a look inside three distinct cultures at this weekend's UCLA Film & Television Archive's Festival of Preservation. On Friday, it's life in the queer lane with Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives, made in 1977. Considered the first feature-length documentary to examine gay and lesbian identity, Word Is Out shows audiences 26 queer folk, from drag queens to ex-soldiers, as they discuss their lives. On Saturday, the 1964 landmark Gamperaliyacaptures a slice of Sri Lankan life as a middle-class teacher falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy family. And finally, on Sunday, In the Land of the Head Hunters, made in 1914, is filmmaker Edward S. Curtis's take on the Kwakwaka'wakw nation of British Columbia, mixing a bit of fiction with fact to produce a moving story of love, tradition and honor. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Other films continue screening through February 28. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For a full schedule, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org. $6 to $7.
Feb. 19-21, 2010

 
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