José Torrealba

Documentarist
male
Born
1961
in
Venezuela
VE
Lives in
Montreal , QC
Canada
Quebec CA
Biography

Documentarist. A presence on the Montreal documentary scene in both languages, Concordia-trained Torrealba made his mark with two video documentaries on gay male culture. Limites (1995) imaginatively documented the homoerotic photography of fellow Latino-Québécois Carlos Quiroz, while Got 2B There (1999), a stylish feature, journalistic but personal, surfed the international AIDS benefit “circuit party” phenomenon and was shown in queer festivals everywhere. In 2003, Torrealba brought out his most ambitious documentary thus far, Open Secrets, a 55-minute NFB essay on gay men who found community and persecution in the Canadian military during World War II, a riveting assemblage of interviews, archival footage and suggestive vintage paintings, all inspired by the research of historian Paul Jackson. Torrealba was born in Venezuela, where he has also worked on feature films.