Nan Goldin Selects: Playback & Silence Is a Falling Body
Director: Agustina Comedi
Argentina / 2019/2017 / 14 min/75 min
In Spanish with English subtitles
Live Screening followed by Q&A with Goldin & Comedi.
Agustina Comedi weaves together a complex and moving portrait of her late father, Jaime, constructed from more than 100 hours of videotape he recorded as a hobby prior to his untimely death. It seemed as though he recorded everything, although he left only small clues as to the man he was before marrying her mother. Interviews with those who knew him reveal fragments of a youth filled with political activism, joyful friendships, and sexuality that never fully bloomed in the repressive social climate of 1980s Argentina (same-sex marriage wasn’t introduced in the country until 2010). Silence Is a Falling Body is at once a love letter to her father, and also profound thank you to those who sacrificed so much for the freedom of the next generation. Preceding Comedi’s directorial debut is her follow-up film, Playback, a doc short that focuses on the Kalas Group, a collective of drag queens and transgender women who in the late ’80s of the conservative city of Córdoba used the stage as a place of resistance. The award-winning film is narrated by La Delpi, the sole survivor of the group.