Cast: Kathleen Pequeño
Crew: Producers: Nils Bökamp, Felix Endara, Desireena Almoradie – Screenwriters: Desireena Almoradie, Nyneve Laura Minnear
How do you move past the worst thing to ever happen in your life? In 1985, Kathleen lost her brother Eddie, an American soldier, at the hands of the Red Army Faction (RAF), a German leftist terrorist organization. Now, decades later, she decides to seek out the group responsible for his murder. “The Worst Thing” (German title: “To Germany, With Love”) follows Kathleen as she travels to Germany to make peace with aging former members of the RAF. A crime story and a psychological drama, the documentary unfolds through the eyes of filmmaker Desireena Almoradie, Kathleen’s childhood friend. As Kathleen searches for some form of connection with former terrorists, memories are retold, intentions are uncovered, and remorse and redemption manifest in unexpected ways. “The Worst Thing” provides an intimate window into the long-term friendship between two queer women of color and shows how their experience of the world allows new possibilities of forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation.
Desireena Almoradie is a queer immigrant filmmaker born in Manila and living in NYC since the age of 11. In her works, she explores collective history and the representation of marginalized communities, especially as it pertains to LGBT and people of color. A graduate of NYU’s film program and its Interactive Telecommunications Program, she was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 and won a GLAAD Media Award in 2009 for her work with the seminal LGBT television program In the Life on PBS. Her films and interactive video installations have shown at MIX NYC, Queens Museum of Art, and the British Film Institute, among other venues. Most recently she received an NYSCA Individual Artist Grant for the feature documentary “To Germany, With Love”, now retitled “The Worst Thing”.