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Doc Edge Pride 2019

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Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
From Baghdad to The Bay
Mr. Gay Syria
Portraits of the Rainbow
Studio 54
The Coming Back Out Ball Movie
The Gospel of Eureka
15 Feb 2019 to 17 Feb 2019
7pm Fri 15 Feb, 11am-9pm Sat & Sun 16-17 Feb 2019
Doc Edge (International Documentary Film Festival) is proud to present a showcase of new LGBTQ+ documentaries at the Auckland Art Gallery 15-17 February 2019.
Event type: 
Festival, Film, Screening
$12-$19 See tickets & categories prices
Auckland Art Gallery auditorium
Corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Street. Entry located on Kitchener Street. Access: The Auckland Art Gallery and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Assistance dogs are welcome. Parking: The Auckland Art Gallery’s weekend discount parking deal with Victoria Street car park located close by on the corner of Kitchener and Victoria Street. The first hour of parking is free when you get your parking ticket validated at the Gallery’s information desk – every following hour is $2, the same as street parking.


Welcome to the Doc Edge Pride 2019. A showcase of new LGBTQ+ documentaries. 

For one weekend only, the Auckland Art gallery will open its doors to Doc Edge Pride for a plethora of real-life stories that have queer culture at their heart.  

From the hedonistic trip of Studio 54 to the equal rights movement for trans equality in the military, this selection of films provides insights into queer culture that are an essential addition to the celebration of the 2019 Auckland Pride Festival.

Continuing their commitment to the transformative power of the genre, Doc Edge is delighted to announce the following ten films for this year’s Doc Edge Pride


The Coming Back Out Ball Movie is a life-affirming love letter to the ageing LGBTQ+ community. An extraordinary group of people are invited to attend a Ball celebrating their gender and sexual identity with some experiencing love and acceptance for the very first time in their lives.

From Baghdad to the Bay follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, a former Iraqi translator for the U.S. military as he forges a new identity as an openly gay man in San Francisco.

The Gospel of Eureka is a story about how love, faith and civil rights collide in Eureka Springs, Arkansas as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes.

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life dives into the life of one of the world's most successful gay porn stars and his unusual relationship with his mother. A rare and intimate look at the world of porn and escorting.

Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives while attempting to realise their dream of competing in Mr. Gay World competition.

Portraits of the Rainbow profiles successful fashion-photographer Leslie Kee as he documents ten thousand LGBTQ+’s in Japan with his project “Out in Japan”. 

Studio 54 tells the real story behind the greatest and most hedonistic club of all time. 

TransMilitary documents four brave men and women who risk their careers by coming out to the Pentagon’s top brass in the hope of attaining the equal right to serve.

Short Films: Intimate Personal Docs from the Asian Diaspora
In This Family looks at how one Filipino family reacts to having a gay son…and daughter. 

All in My Family [Working Title] is the heartfelt, cross-cultural story of Chinese-born filmmaker Hao Wu who has struggled to understand the meaning of family and to build one of his own.




7pm Studio 54 (98)+ Reception


11am From Baghdad to the Bay (68)

1pm TransMilitary (93)

3.15pm The Coming Back Out Ball Movie (86)

5.30pm Mr Gay Syria (87)

7.45pm The Gospel of Eureka (75)


11am Portraits of the Rainbow (78)

1pm Short Films: All In The Family [Working title] + In This Family (52)

2.30pm From Baghdad to the Bay (68)

4.15pm TransMilitary (93)

6.30pm Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life (106) + Reception - Classified: R18. Explicit sex scenes & drug use


Full: $14

Auckland Art Gallery Member*: $12

Opening /Closing Film**: $19 (Full) / $17 (Auckland Art Gallery Member)

Door sale*** $20  (no concessions)  $25  (Opening /Closing Films, no concessions)

Buy tickets to 5+ full-price films and receive a 20% discount on each ticket  (excluding Opening Film ‘Studio 54’ and Closing Film ‘Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life’). 

*Proof of Membership is required 

**Ticket includes drinks & canapés 

*** Based on availability

Tickets are sold via Evenfinda. Ticket price includes GST and fees may apply.



Written by

Doc Edge

18 Jan 2019

The Documentary New Zealand Trust (Doc Edge) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Auckland which was founded in 2004. Doc Edge's mission is to lead and inspire the creative, business and wider communities to develop and celebrate documentary stories.