NHdocs: the New Haven Documentary Film Festival 2021

The Whistle & The Gender Line

Expired August 24, 2020 3:00 PM
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A 45 year old Latinx trans man returns to his birthplace - Albuquerque, New Mexico - in search for the origin of a secret lesbian code he learned when he identified as a teenage dyke in the 80s.​ The Whistle documentary tells the story of a secret code created by and shared among young lesbians in 1970s & 80s Albuquerque as a means of self-­identification and finding community. 

Director's Bio: StormMiguel Florez is a Xicanx queer trans filmmaker, musician, and producer who has been making queer art for over 30 years. He spent the majority of his artistic life focusing on music and performance until 2012 when he discovered his love for filmmaking through the QWOCMAP media training program. He went on to co-produce and edit the award-winning documentary, MAJOR! about Black trans activist, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and recently completed his feature directorial debut, The Whistle, a documentary about lesbian youth culture and codes in Albuquerque, NM in the 70s and 80s. StormMiguel is originally from unceded Tiwa Pueblo land, named “Albuquerque, NM” by Spanish colonizers and currently lives with his partner and their chihuahua babies on unceded Yelamu Ohlone land, named “San Francisco, CA” by Spanish colonizers.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    57 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Connecticut Premiere
  • Director
    StormMiguel Florez
  • Screenwriter
    StormMiguel Florez
  • Producer
    StormMiguel Florez