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Paola Revenioti “documentary ‘Oleanders’ + discussion”

Projection and discussion of the documentary “Oleanders”: Paola, Betty and Eva are three trans women in their 60s who have known each other for more than forty years. All three of them started making their living early in their youth as sex workers in Athens, Greece. In “The Oleanders” Betty Vakalidou, Eva Koumarianou and Paola Revenioti revisit all the different places in the city where they used to work, socialize, get harassed or arrested by the cops, fight for their rights, have fun and find love. The unapologetic, humorous, and empowering discussion of Eva, Betty and Paola is a history of Athens as well as a history of sexualities of the Mediterranean region and beyond.

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Paola Revenioti, known as Paola, is a Greek trans woman, filmmaker, publisher, artist, activist and pioneer of the Greek LGBT movement. Due to the social exclusion of transgender people from any work, she made a living as a sex worker from a young age. Paola made a seminal contribution to the struggle for LGBT rights in Greece and she is considered as a “legend” of Athenian trans culture. From 1982 to 1993 she was the publisher of the magazine Kraximo which included articles on international and domestic political and social movements as well as LGBT rights, along with interviews from world-known intellectuals and artistically unique photos of naked young men. Paola was also among the first organizers of the Greek Gay Pride. Since 2011 she has been involved in the creation of a series of documentaries, mainly of activist nature, in collaboration with various young filmmakers, under the brand name “ThePaolaProject” and “ThePaolaTeam”.

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Paola Revenioti, known as Paola, is a Greek trans woman, filmmaker, publisher, artist, activist and pioneer of the Greek LGBT movement. Due to the social exclusion of transgender people from any work, she made a living as a sex worker from a young age. Paola made a seminal contribution to the struggle for LGBT rights in Greece and she is considered as a “legend” of Athenian trans culture. From 1982 to 1993 she was the publisher of the magazine Kraximo which included articles on international and domestic political and social movements as well as LGBT rights, along with interviews from world-known intellectuals and artistically unique photos of naked young men. Paola was also among the first organizers of the Greek Gay Pride. Since 2011 she has been involved in the creation of a series of documentaries, mainly of activist nature, in collaboration with various young filmmakers, under the brand name “ThePaolaProject” and “ThePaolaTeam”.

Paola-Revenioti-Cover

seminar

Paola Revenioti “documentary ‘Oleanders’ + discussion”

Projection and discussion of the documentary “Oleanders”: Paola, Betty and Eva are three trans women in their 60s who have known each other for more than forty years. All three of them started making their living early in their youth as sex workers in Athens, Greece. In “The Oleanders” Betty Vakalidou, Eva Koumarianou and Paola Revenioti revisit all the different places in the city where they used to work, socialize, get harassed or arrested by the cops, fight for their rights, have fun and find love. The unapologetic, humorous, and empowering discussion of Eva, Betty and Paola is a history of Athens as well as a history of sexualities of the Mediterranean region and beyond.

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