Tracing Utopia is an odyssey into the dreams of a group of queer teens in New York City as they envision a better world. Directed by Catarina de Sousa and Nick Tyson, this short documentary imagines a form of queer community transcending time, through glimpses of a utopia made manifest in the streets, in community spaces, and online. A collaborative manifesto weaves these pasts and futures together--calling for the change that queer youth strive for today: “As queer teens in Queens, we demand this in order to build a better world.”


[2021] IFFR | International Film Festival Rotterdam [The Netherlands]
[2021] BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival [UK]
[2021] É Tudo Verdade [Brazil]
[2021] International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Germany]
[2021] Vienna Shorts - Vienna Independent Short Film Festival [Austria]
[2021] Hamburg Short Film Festival [Germany]
[2021] Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival Hamburg [Germany]

2021, Portugal, USA, 27’

Script: Catarina de Sousa, Nick Tyson, Asher, Chase, Jay, Mars, Raphael 
Cinematography: Catarina de Sousa, Nick Tyson
Sound: H.Mur, Rafael Gonçalves Cardoso
Editing: Catarina de Sousa
​Production: Catarina de Sousa, Nick Tyson / UnionDocs
Cast: Asher, Chase, Mars, Jay, Raphael, Julia, Lindsey