"And They Were Loved"
One of the recipients of this year’s All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival’s Queer Black Voices award, Austin-based filmmaker Malik Julien’s short documentary And They Were Loved explores what it means to be a queer, trans, black, and/or indigenous person of color in Austin, Texas, and the Deep South. Julien focuses on three members of Austin’s QTBIPOC community: Marcus and the HIV+ Jacundo, both of whom are gay, and Zion, who identifies as a non-binary transfemme. Julien also focuses on the importance of Austin’s ballroom culture in the lives of his three subjects (Julien also is a member of the ballroom community). And They Were Loved will screen between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Aug. 24 during the All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival’s Prism 36 Queer Black Voices Dinner & Screening at the Draylen Mason Music Studio. As a Queer Black Voices awardee, UT graduate Malik Julien will receive mentorship from documentarian Nneka Onuorah, the director of The Same Difference, Queer & Fier(ce), The Legend of the Underground, Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, and the Prism 36 selection Truth Be Told.
Aired: Aug, 22, 2023.