Screen shots: Seek Bromance © Samira Elagoz, 2020

Seek Bromance


by Samira Elagoz

Seek Bromance, is a cinematic performance showing a transformative relationship between two transmasculines with very different attitudes about what masculinity can be. A trans romance situated at the end of the world.

For several years, Samira Elagoz dedicated his artistic practice to researching and filming cis-men and first encounters with male strangers while still a female artist. While former projects had him searching for masculinity as an outsider, in Seek Bromance, Elagoz does it as a fellow bro. It started from a message he received on Facebook from a mysterious male-presenting profile who turned out to be a trans guy artist and former glamour model called Cade. When Elagoz eventually realized he was a non-woman himself, he immediately knew he wanted Cade to be the one to guide him.

The theme of this collaboration became the relationship between 3 lovers, the camera being one of them. Roaming in shared isolation through a locked-down LA and Las Vegas deserts, with a car, some cash, and a supply of testosterone, the lovers explore integral dynamics of masculinity and femininity.

"I set out to make a work that I needed to see while struggling with my gender. A trans work that aims not to educate cis people, justify our existence, or present us as shiny positive examples. It is a real story, where the trans protagonists are complex and troubled, progressive and admirable, problematic and relatable, where they are rebels, lovers, creators, and "hot af"." - Samira Elagoz 


CREDITS

Direction and concept
Samira Elagoz

In collaboration with
Cade Moga

Edited by
Samira Elagoz

Advice
Bruno Listopad
Antonia Steffens

Extra advice
Otto Rissanen
Tiana Hemlock-Yensen
Richard Sand
Valerie Cole
Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli
Michael Scerbo

Advice during filming
Jeanette Groenendaal

Production
SPRING Performing Arts Festival

Co-production
Frascati 
Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek 
Black Box Teater
BIT Teatergarasjen
Finish Cultural Institute Benelux
Arsenic 


Distribution 
Something Great

Supported by 
Fonds Podiumkunsten
Koneen Säätiö
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Ammodo


World premiere
IDFA Amsterdam, November 2021