Queer Gardening

Documentary about queer-feminist ecologies in North America

by Ella von der Haide
D 2022, 80 Min, HD stereo
Another world is plantable! Production

Queerness was and sometimes still is considered “un-natural.” Queer gardening challenges this “un-naturalness” by creating queer-feminist ecologies.

Our documentary examines what horticultures look like when binaries such as nature/culture, human/more-than-human and body/environment are deconstructed in creative ways.

Ella von der Haide collected 18 interviews with LGBTQIA*-gardeners about their relationships with plants and the land. These conversations take place in a variety of gardens, from urban vegetable production in Oakland to a community space garden in NYC, from a project to care for indigenous native apple trees in British Columbia to a reforestation project in Tennessee.

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Queer gardening experiences are “composted” into songs, dance, literature and plant-tattoos. The intimate atmosphere of the interviews allows glimpses of the role gardening plays for queer gardeners as a resource, a form of resistance and as places of world-making through alternative queer narratives, spiritualities and grieving rituals.

The film also reflects the ambiguity of gardens. While they can be places of healing, land use is never innocent, but rather is embedded in the violent colonial history of agriculture and the extinction of plants, insects and animals. Questions of how to decolonize horticulture, how to eradicate racism in the environmental movements and the re-appropriation of spiritualties are discussed.

With her documentary, Ella von der Haide contributes to the emerging discourse about queer ecologies. The film is an unfinished puzzle that prompts you to continue playing with it.

Public screening and licenses

Community screening license
Community screenings are a great way to discuss the issues of our time with your friends and neighbors.  | 50 – 250 €

Educational License / DVD
Univ. /College streaming plus DVD for library | 150- 250 €
Non-Profits or Public Libraries | 50 – 250 €

Events with the director, queer gardeners and/or performers
If you want the director or an expert from the film to attend your screening to do a Q&A, give a talk or play in a concert, please email us. | 50 – 600 €

Personal viewing
DVD or Downloadlink | 10 – 30 €


The price range is depending on your resources, please email your suggestion.

Credits

Director/Camera/Editing/Sound
Ella von der Haide

Camera
Britta Schneider, Luzie Puell, Robbie Wilhelm

Music
Roqué Marcelo, Hella, Johnny Doubek