Lionel Soukaz (1953) is a filmmaker. In the early 1970s, he was an activist in the Front homosexuel d’action révolutionnaire (FHAR). In 1978-1979, he made the film Race d’Ep, histoire d’un siècle d’homosexualité with Guy Hocquenghem. In 1991, he began his Journal Annales, which today features over 2,000 hours of tape shot on multiple video supports, and which is both a document of contemporary history and a singular work of audiovisual creation by an artist for whom life and cinema are inseparable. Soukaz donated the Journal Annales to the Bibliothèque nationale de France where it has now been digitized, and is currently collaborating since 2009 with the filmmaker Stéphane Gérard to produce edited films using selections from these tapes.
The experimental cinema of Stéphane Gérard (1987) focuses on political struggles and the history of representations of gender, sexual orientation, hiv/aids, and racialized people (Rien n’oblige à répéter l’histoire, 2014; La Machine avalée, 2015; Entre garçons, 2018). His practice incorporates reflection on audiovisual archives, programming (Lionel Soukaz: A Queer Avant-garde Pioneer, Anthology Film Archive, 2016 ; Libérations Sexuelles, Révolutions Visuelles, Cinémathèque française, 2017 ; Black Archive, Beursschowburg, 2020) and distribution of What’s Your Flavor? a collective dedicated to the dissemination of queer experimental cinema in France.