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The Gay Games

Ran Kotzer directed this 1999 Israeli video documentary about the 1998 Gay Games in Amsterdam. Much of its success comes from rhythm: it skillfully melds images with diverse movements to produce a whole that seems like one continuous dance. The video begins with an overweight Israeli swimmer who has AIDS, and the unspoken contrast with the “straight” Olympics is nearly awe inspiring: the athletes see competition as only one aspect of their lives and freely express physical affection during the event, which includes parades through town with plenty of drag. 55 min. (FC) (City North 14, 7:00)

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