Orlando, My Political Biography

Orlando, My Political Biography

Directed by Paul B. Preciado • 2023 • France
Starring Oscar-Roza Miller, Yanis Sahraoui, Liz Christin

“Come, come! I’m sick to death of this particular self. I want another.” Taking Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando: A Biography” as its starting point, academic virtuoso turned filmmaker Paul B. Preciado has fashioned the documentary ORLANDO: MY POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY as a personal essay, historical analysis, and social manifesto that premiered and took home four prizes at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival. For almost a century, Woolf’s eponymous hero/heroine has inspired readers for their gender fluidity across physical and spiritual metamorphoses over a three-hundred-year lifetime. Preciado casts a diverse cross section of more than twenty trans and nonbinary individuals in the role of Orlando as they perform interpretations of scenes from the novel, weaving into Woolf’s narrative their own stories of identity and transition. Not content to simply update a seminal work, Preciado interrogates the relevance of Orlando in the continuing struggle against antitrans ideologies and in the fight for global trans rights.

Orlando, My Political Biography
  • Orlando, My Political Biography

    Directed by Paul B. Preciado • 2023 • France
    Starring Oscar-Roza Miller, Yanis Sahraoui, Liz Christin

    “Come, come! I’m sick to death of this particular self. I want another.” Taking Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando: A Biography” as its starting point, academic virtuoso turned filmmaker Paul B. P...

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