SHORT FILM – 17 MIN – 2018

This short film is an experimental documentary recently created by an all-female / -queer crew. The film combines the strength of human experiences with the intensity of staged moments. It’s intended to be empowering for nonconformist, queer people who blow up restricting body images.


A golden summer dress in XXL, the ice lolly drips slowly onto the hot ground. „RIOT NOT DIET“ creates a queer feminist utopia far away from BMI norms and male* gaze.
Five thousand years of patriarchy have left their mark – for in spite of ongoing emancipation, female* bodies are still geared to conform and to float through the world with a quiet, graceful and space-saving appearance. However, in this film we encounter fat women* and queers who resist. With their expansive body dimensions they break the chains of outdated gender structures and claim space for themselves.
The pleasure of their own, overflowing corporeality is an alternative draft to the neoliberal logic of exploitation. In times of self-optimization, your belly is a statement! Queer fat feminism!

Crew & Cast

directed by Julia Fuhr Mann  cinematography Julia Swoboda  sound design Cornelia Böhm  producer Andreas Günther  editing Andi Pek  music Zdrada Pałki  tattoo artist Ina Bär  sfx makeup Manuela Rosa Maderthaner
with Sara Ablinger, Magda Albrecht, Brandy Butler, Christine Fiedler, Kristina Kuličová, Marzen Lizurej, Veronika Merklein, Zdrada Pałki, Flora Schanda, Julischka Stengele, JJ Thunderkhat, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah


© WildBird Film / University of TV and Film Munich / 2018




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2018, DOK.fest München – Official Selection Student Award

2018, XPOSED Film Festival Berlin – Winner „Best German Short Film“

2018, Edinburgh International Film Festival – Official Selection Shorts

2018, Pride House Glasgow – Official Selection

2018, GRRL Haus Cinema – Official Selection

2018, China Women’s Film Festival – Official Selection

2018, LSF Hamburg, International Queer Film Festival – Official Selection

2018, Morelia International Film Festival – Official Selection Sexual Diversity Program

2018, Bimovie München – Official Selection

2018, Pink Panorama Luzern – Official Selection

2018, Mezipatra Queer Film Festival Prag – Official Selection

2018, Fringe! London – Official Selection

2018, Queer Film Festival Luxemburg – Official Selection

2018, Furora Film Festival Berlin – Official Selection

2019, Kuir Fest Ankara and Istanbul – Official Selection

2019, FIPADOC Biarritz – New Talents

2019, Elles Tournent Brüssel – Official Selection

2019, Rature Festival Genf – Official Selection


julia fuhr mann –– queer feminist film maker –– short film RIOT NOT DIET - laurels