Fig Trees 

John Greyson

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John Greyson, Fig Trees (still), 2009.

e-flux presents Me, You, and Everyone We Know Fig Trees 
John Greyson

104 Minutes
Courtesy of Vtape, Toronto

Repeat screening Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of John Greyson’s Fig Trees (2009), streaming from Wednesday, July 7 through Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

In 1999, South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat went on a treatment strike, refusing to take his pills until they were widely available to all South Africans. This symbolic act became a cause célèbre, helping build his group Treatment Action Campaign into a national movement. Yet, with each passing month, Zackie grew sicker. Fig Trees was also inspired by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera Four Saints in Three Acts (1927).

Fig Trees is presented here as one of four films in Part Two | Gendering, Disgendering, Transgendering, the second of four programs in the online series Me, You, and Everyone We Know: Interrelationality, Alterity, Globalization programmed by Irmgard Emmelhainz for e-flux Video & Film. The series will run in four thematic parts from June 23 through August 18, 2021. Each part will include a two-week group screening, and a live discussion.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com

AIDS, Africa, Art Activism, Documentary, Queer Art & Theory, Health & Disease
Return to Part Two | Gendering, Disgendering, Transgendering

John Greyson is a filmmaker, video artist, writer, activist, and educator who is active in various anti-censorship, AIDS, peace, and queer activist media projects, including The Olive Project, Deep Dish TV, Blah Blah Blah, and AIDS Action Now. His contributions as a member and through service on the boards of arts organizations include Vtape Distribution, Inside Out Film/Video Festival, the Euclid Theatre, Trinity Square Video, Charles St. Video, LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto), and Beaver Hall Artists Housing Co-op. Greyson has taught film and video theory and production in Canada, the US, Cuba, and South Africa. He joined the full-time faculty in York’s Film Department in 2005, and is the author of Urinal and Other Stories (Power Plant/Art Metropole, 1993), and co-editor of Queer Looks, a critical anthology of gay/lesbian media theory (Routledge, 1993).


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