Moderator: Alejandra Ortiz & Panellists: Ana Paula Lima, Alma Betancur, Anancy, Alexandra Ruiz

Humans of Film Festival is proud to announce our collaboration with the new Queer Pride by Queer Amsterdam this year. Queer Pride centers queer people of color, transgender and non-binary people, and queer people with disabilities. We have chosen Alejandra Ortiz, writer (her book: “The Truth will set me Free“), grassroots activist and guest curator Queer Currents 2023, to select two films (that will be screened at Melkweg and Studio/K) and to decide the topics that she wants to discuss during the panel discussions after the films. Which als means that she got to chose the panellists that she finds most befitting to talk about her chosen subjects. Read more about Alejandra here.

Ana Paula Lima (she/her)

Ana Paula Lima (she/her) Brazilian and Dutch Transfeminist, anti-facist, Latina, Pride ambassador, and a champion of a world without transphobia. As a columnist for TRANS magazine, she wanted to show people the world through the eyes of a bicultural trans woman. She was born and raised in a city where the world’s biggest Pride was celebrated: São Paulo, Brazil. In 1997, the first Pride took place over there and she was present. It is a day she will never forget and Pride has played an important role in her personal life. Besides having been a Pride ambassador in 2017 she is also one of the leaders of TransUnited, and she also has had a political career in the Netherlands as a candidate for BIJ1 in Amsterdam.

Alma Betancur (she/her)

Alma Aguilar Betancurt (she/her) is a trans woman and human rights defender from Abya Yala/Colombia. She holds an MA in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity from the University of Essex and has experience working in diverse regional and international organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA World), and Aidsfonds. Alma has experience engaging with the universal system of human rights protection through her work at ILGA World an as a human rights defender in Colombia advocating for the human rights of indigenous women with diverse and ancestral gender identities and expressions.

Anancy (she/her)

Saphira Nancy is a Portuguese graphic narrator, animator and performer born in Guinea-Bissau, who rewrites her own corporeal fictions as a way to maintain the fluid nature of the intuitive mind, in the building of stories that emerge through her different dimensions of expression. With a BA in Animation from the Arts and Multimedia course from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, she has been doing illustration, concept art, comics and animation work as an independent author for several years. Saphira is also one of the co-founders of CASA T LISBOA, a shelter for immigrant trans people of color in Lisbon which was created in August 2020 in response to the housing crisis aggravated by the COVID pandemic. Examples of her latest works include her video installation/performance Teia de Palma in Lisbon at Chumbo Gallery in Lisbon, 2021 and the animation for the immersive video installation Closed Space,Open World by the Norwegian artist Sandra Mujinga at the MUNCH MUSEUM, Oslo in 2022.

Alexandra R. Ruiz (she/her)

Alexandra is a gender and sexuality freelance consultant, a published author in Mexico, Spain, and the United States.  She graduated from CC San Francisco with an AA in Psychology, and she took courses at UC Berkeley for her specialty in Sex and Gender. Alexandra is an advocate for the human rights of transgender people, including trans migrants, trans sex workers, trans elderly and trans people living with HIV. She’s also an active member of the Innovative Response to Transwomen and HIV (IRGT) and participated with them as one of the organizers of the First Trans Pre-Conference at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa in 2016 and again in 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Alexandra currently lives in Mexico City, where she’s a Program Director of La Jauria Trans, a trans lead virtual program, and she’s actively a part of the LGBTQI+ movement, organizing and mobilizing the trans-movement internationally, doing presentations and workshops and writing for various publications. 

Film screening and panel talk dates:

Wednesday 26 july 2023 | Film screening at Studio/K: Cada vez que Muero (2022) + after talk with Alejandra Ortiz

*disclaimer: some pornographic images*

Thursday 27 july 2023 | Film screening at Melkweg: Queen of Lapa (2019) + after talk with Alejandra Ortiz


So don’t forget to save the date, buy your tickets and join us for a good conversation.