An Act of Resistance

Stop for a while and look back: 25 years ago, almost everything we’ve had today as a fait accompli and guaranteed on what we understand as LGBT didn’t exist. (Almost) equal rights, visibility on the streets and in the media and the possibility of living without hiding are recent
achievements. In Brazil, cultural mobilization has preceded political articulation, and it’s been essential the projection of images portraying a scene coming out of the underground.

Gaining ground on screens and stages, we also gain strength to fill the streets. From early 1990’s, pre-internet era, Mix Brasil brought information on what was going on abroad and set up a safe place to ensure national production representativeness both here and
overseas.

Our silver jubilee is loaded with many reasons to celebrate. Starting with the opening party at the outside area of Ibirapuera Auditorium, a whole day of festivities, a special gift to the city. It would be 12 days of a lot of culture and activity. More than 200 free admission events. Each of the five Brazilian regions are represented once again with films with both quality and quantity that reflects the maturity of Brazilian LGBT cinematography.

Film director Gus Van Sant, one of our idols who inspired this festival from the beginning, is the recipient of the first Mix Icon Award, that, from this edition on, will award personalities who’s been changing the world and attracting crowds with their works.

International Conference [SSEX BBOX] & Mix Brasil, on its third edition, consolidates itself as one of the main national forums on gender identity and LGBTQIA+ sexuality. And, as ever, Mix Music and Theater in Scene provide a recap and bring LGBT musical scene and
performing arts tendencies premieres.

We’re equals, though different: this celebratory edition campaign observes diversity richness and reaffirms equal rights as core value. Something that should be obvious in the middle of the year 2017, but doesn’t seem to be so evident nowadays.

Conservative obscurantism wave that’s been devastating Brazil has as the main target freedom of artistic expression, putting at risk women, LGBTs and other minorities achievements. However, the greatest threat is cowardice, which been converting allies in scared hostages.

For all of this, right now, look ahead and predict where we might be 25 years from now. To get there, resisting and start acting is required promptly. It’s also required to know that Mix Brasil has been around for 25 years (and it’d keep on being) as the most consistent LGBT cultural
act of resistance in our country.