Reclaiming the narrative through humor is a big coping mechanism, as well as DIY, community-based support systems. There seemed to be a (well-earned) distrust of institutions, which also felt parallel to a queer experience in America.
IFFR isnt anti-parties, naturallyin fact, the festival boasts a communal atmosphere that is much less hierarchical and exclusive than other festivals of comparable size.
History as we know it is an inquiry into establishing facts in order to create a common space. Décolonisations, Pierre Singaravélous recent French television project, offers an attempt to bridge the gap between contradicting views.