Inside Out 2021: Our Review of ‘Drag Invasion’

Posted in Festival Coverage, Inside Out 2021, Movies by - May 27, 2021
Inside Out 2021: Our Review of ‘Drag Invasion’

Alberto Castro seems like the kind of director who can keep to task well while juggling projects. While he was a post-production supervisor in a local Peruvian film Aj Zombies, he was also directing his passion project, Drag Invasion. Here he interviews contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race who were stopping by Lima. Many people already know what drag does to the people who practice the art but it’s still good to hear them discuss it.

The documentary makes it look easy to be interesting. It captures these spontaneous car ride interviews where the queens ask each other how they got their names. Those stories are common knowledge to certain communities. But these queens’ words are strong enough to remind its viewers that drag as a whole reframes the language to make everything about the artform. Mainstream, heterosexual language has its own intentions but queens exist to subvert them.

Speaking of subversion, the movie then introduces local drag fans within the 2S LGBTQ+ community in Lima. Sometimes those two sets of interviews have contrasting opinions but the similarities between the visiting and local communities are more noticeable here. The Peruvian interviewees have to deal with being queer in a masculine society as much as the American queens. But the former are doing that while living in a country that has its sets of homophobes.

The presence of baby queens like Tia Sandra also puts this film above every other doc about drag queens from the show, most of which are still good. It catches the Peruvian drag scene and put a spotlight on them. Some of the Peruvian queens know their place within the food chain, sharing the stage with Americans. But it’s worth watching them in a doc that shows them having the best nights of their lives.

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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