ZINEGOAK – LGBT+ Bilbao Film Festival

Zinegoak, the gaylesbotrans International Film and Performing Arts Festival of Bilbao

Zinegoak was created in 2004 as a tool to raise awareness through culture, film and the performing arts.

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This event is annual, usually held in February in the city of Bilbao and in March in a large number of Basque localities; In its 13 years of travel, Zinegoak has become a benchmark of international LGBT festivals.

We had the pleasure of participating with a short documentary, in 2015, noting the thrust and camaraderie of the volunteers of the Hegoak Association, organizer of the Festival.

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You can see here the complete catalog of the Festival Zinegoak


Highlights of this edition


“Dyke Jails” by Cecilia Montagut
Andrea took a drug mule trip from Argentina. She was taken directly from Barcelona airport to prison.
Katia was imprisioned for two years at Martutene correctional facility in the Basque Country.
Marta Dillon, journalist and feminist, visited over several years the female prisoners at the Ezeiza prison in Buenos Aires and captured their experiences in the book “Captive Hearts“.
These stories, along with those of other ex-prisoners and researchers, are part of the documentary “Cárceles Bolleras” (Dyke Jails), that pictures the reality of women behind bars and how gender inequality affects their lives there.
Under these circumstances , lesbian desire becomes a form of resistance to the penitentiary institution.
Through these interviews, we depict the prison universe we are unallowed to access.

You can consult all the information of the documentary HERE


“Silence is a falling body” by Agustina Comedi
ARG | 2017 | 75’  Jaime recorded everything, even his own death. From him, her daughter received more than one hundred hours of home videos and many uncertainties. Because as many people of his generation, Jaime was a clandestine person. But in his case, probably two times clandestine.
The images recorded by Jaime, resignify to give place to questions around desire, sexuality, family and freedom.



“Rafiki” by WANURI KAHIU (Nairobi, Kenia, 1980)
“Good Kenyan girls are good Kenyan wives”… but Kena and Ziki are going for something else. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls cannot resist and become very close friends, supporting each other in the pursuit of their dreams within a conservative society. When love arises between them, they must decide between happiness and security. Based on the short story “Jambula Tree” by Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko, Rafiki is combat cinema in the purest Sean Baker style: pure visual pop. The seventh art embracing the freedom of African women.


The miseducation of Cameron Post de Desiree Akhavan (New York, AEB, 1984)
EUA | 2018 | 91’ | Cameron is sent to a Christian sexual reorientation center after being discovered in the backseat of a car with another girl during the prom. The center is run by strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh and her brother, Reverend Rick, a direct example that program participants can be ‘cured’ through a system that relies essentially on repentance for attraction to people of the same sex. In this climate of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of compassionate sinners and together they will form a strange family as they struggle to survive. Based on the novel of the same name by Emily M. Danforth. The dark side of Love, Simon by Greg Berlanti and an ideal complement to Boy Erased (Joel Edgerton). One of last year’s most needed films.


“Las hijas del Fuego” by Albertina Carri
Argentina | 2017 | 115’  Three women meet by chance at the end of the world and begin a polyamorous journey that transforms them back to their hometown being others. Subjects who suffer against the established order, against the irreversible of passion and against the utopian of a unique love, are neglected in the search for new ways of relating, away from possession and pain as the unavoidable end of love outside of all canons. This is how “Las hijas del fuego” is formed: a band dedicated to accompany other women in the search for their own erotica, in the opportune way that each one has to be in a world that ignores the voluptuousness of detachment. Albertina Carri is already a reference of the most audacious current cinema and her daughters of fire have managed not to leave anyone indifferent.


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