Boy Brides & Bachelors is an animated video by Melissa Potter shot on a cold January night in Southeastern Serbia during a ritual called Surovari in which men dress as women (large breasted peasants, grandmothers, and brides) and engage in pretend sexual acts with village bachelors.

Little is known about the meaning of this pagan ritual, but its contemporary gender role-play implications are profound.  I use stop motion animations to engage my questions about the underlying meanings of the ritual and make a connection between my inability to translate much of what was going on with the strange language of gender itself. 

Boy Brides & Bachelors