Drag is a powerful expression for the community. It gives people a chance to embrace the feminine side and also sometimes masculinity. It has the power to bring out happiness and confidence. Not everyone always has the chance to dress up and perform though with this art.
In The Unabridged Mrs. Vera’s Daybook, we learn about two men and a community that gives many people a chance to dress up in quirky costumes and be filled with joy.
Creative artist David Faulk decided during the AIDS epidemic to create a character and costume in order to help him escape some of the pain and bring joy to his life. The character, named Mrs. Vera, was pretty much an alien creature. His quirky alter ego began to spark attention around San Francisco and also started a community called the Vera Sphere, in which he starts to help other people dress up with other characters. It ends up having such a positive impact in helping the LGBTQ community to express themselves and be who they are without shame.
The documentary is very sweet and moving. It is amazing to see how dressing up as a unique character has such an impact on David’s life but then he is able to start a whole new community. It is inspiring to see how all David and his partner, Michael, want to do is help spread joy.
David is such an empathetic human and realized how much hurt the HIV outbreak caused to many people. It is beautiful to see how he really cared about making members of an oppressed group feel really good.
The character brings social messages through photography. Michael is a gifted photographer, and his photos of Mrs. Vera show that we should never allow our pain to bring down the entire community and thwart our happiness. It was intriguing to learn how Mrs. Vera resembled a creature that was rejected by society. A lot of LGBTQ people have felt very out of place at times. Some are told they are wrong. But Mrs. Vera represents that no matter how unique you may be, you are amazing.
This documentary is ultimately truly impactful. Although, towards the end, there are a couple of slower scenes that could have been more interesting, it never becomes non-engaging. The flaws are minor. The heart of the story and information learned about this movement ultimately makes this one documentary to definitely check out.
It had its first release in 2021. It is now celebrating its global worldwide release on digital video rental services. The Unabridged Mrs. Vera’s Daybook is a great documentary. It may be geared for viewers within the LGBTQ community. And it is great to see art like this, and it ultimately makes an awesome and inspiring story for queer folks — indeed.