Tonight they’ll screen the new video, made in collaboration with Positive Change Arts Project and Samuel Morgan, and perform a selection of new and old songs.‘I wrote the song ‘You’ for my audiences as a thank you – so it made sense to make a video that would try to do the same thing…It’s a very simple concept – everyone in the video shows the viewer a word they’ve been called and hurt by, and then shows the camera a word that ACTUALLY describes them.Issues such as identity, body modification by ink (dots), coming out, spiritually, religion, relationships, culture, sexuality, racism etc. Habeeb Lawal, Nigeria, 2014, 36mins On the brink of an impending law that could re-write their destinies,young group of sexual minorities in Nigeria defy all odds in the pursuit of happiness. George Massey, 2014- 25 mins (Premiere) The man lay still and dreamed all day. Dreamed of what he wished to be People looked, but none could see.
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Programme Schedule @ The Cinema Museum WDIYFF in collaboration with The Sex Workers Open University - Queer Networks - We Love Berlin - Premier of ‘You’ by CN Lester and Performance WEAVING BONES A multi-media event featuring film and panel discussions curated by Skye.
Resilience, vulnerability, victimisation and freedom of an uncaged people; storytelling and visual archival of queer/trans/gay/bi/genderqueer populations from geographically displaced/minority/black/persons of colour spirits. Miles Rutendo Tanhira, Zimbabwe, 2010, 15mins A plea to be heard – the voices of LGBT persons in Zimbabwe.
A quirky and delightful study on trust, focus and holding on to your tomatoes. Jonothan Mc Leod, 2013, UK Stavros does not embody the typical gay beauty pageant contestant. A woman weeps in a bathtub, oblivious to the running water. Here, sex workers of all genders, orientations and backgrounds band together to form a community, provide support, and keep Davie Street ‘pimp free’. This short film made by sex workers as a part of Empower report Hit & Run exposing the impact of law and law enforcement, raids and rescues used against sex workers in Thailand and around the world. Clare Havell & Vincent Lee, produced by The Sex Worker Open University UK 2012, 32m.
When he enters the Mr Gay UK competition, things don’t quite go to plan. Shot and directed by Janis Cole and Holly Dale, themselves two ‘street kids’ at the time, this is a sensitive, beautiful, sometimes challenging portrayal of the lives of their friends and community, and of the emergence of a socio-political sex worker movement in Canada. As UN policymakers and politicians meet in Washington for the AIDS conference, sex workers gather in Kolkata India for an alternative summit, the Sex Worker Freedom Festival.
In most of the black townships in South Africa, women soccer players are still not recognized as fully paid players and yet the game is the same.
Thokozani Football Club, known as TFC, is a black lesbian team formed by Zanele Muholi in 2008.
A butch dyke recreates an interview experienced during her stay at a psychiatric hospital. Freddie Pluto, UK, 2013, Donning sneakers, snarls and pseudo facial hair, our hero channels Freddie in all their glory. Bill Rodgers, 2014, UK, Subverting the concept of the monstrous fatty and playing with common perceptions of ‘othered’ physique, Flabzilla rises from the sea and attacks the city of London (built entirely from cardboard and packing tape). Alex Brew, UK, 2013, A lesbian stands outside and sucks on a pear. French performance artists Kedzior and Friedman explore the strength and pain of the tie. Precipitated by a cataclysmic event, the truth is forced out with dramatic consequences – can their relationship survive? Trio In Da Woods, Sweden, 12.31 Turning the roles around: Attacker, bully and victim.
Inane responses to non-heteronormativity guaranteed! The ultimate music video for anyone who loves dressing up and bopping around their kitchen. Inspired by, and in response to, work by Norwegian artist Marit Folstad, this simple premise slowly transforms into something altogether more beguiling. Angie West & Jackie Nunns, UK, 2013, 11.53 ‘An evening, all in aid of Female Masculinity, for all of us who are, all of us who want, all of us who live, breathe and play with it….’ – this is a homage to Wotever World’s now iconic night. Volha Martynenka, Germany, 2013 Conceived by artist Maeshelle West-Davis as part of a range of world-wide events called ‘You Can Dance Anywhere’, this lifting, joyful doc explores what happens when a group of mostly strangers join to dance together. Gilivanka Kedzior & Barbara Friedman, France, 2010, 300 metres of red elastic. Waltzing Tomatoes, Coffee Sponge, 2013, UK Inspired by their live art performance, Coffee Sponge attempt to waltz together over various terrains and conditions while holding tomatoes with their fingertips. Perving 12.31 Jocks and sportswear, muscles playing in the sunshine. Janis Cole & Holly Dale, 1984, USA, 1 hr 28 mins Iconic, seminal work focusing on the lives of sex workers on Davie Street, once a well-known ‘red light’ district in Vancouver.
A marginalised yet determined group of people speaking out against injustices and calling for inclusion, recognition, respect and protection. Onyeka Igwe, 2013, 4mins Borders inhibit movement, from passage across geographical boundaries to relations between one person to another. Premiered at Stockholm Pride, 20 mins (In)visible is a journey through the lives of LGBTQ newcomers whose experiences are often not talked about, yet they exist in Swedish society.
Borders forbid, halt, break and stop but they can also be permeated, broken, passed through and dodged. Bordered is a performative exploration into the binary relationship between borders and freedom of movement. Now these individuals are reclaiming space and speaking out.
Explores the intersection of queer, trans* and crip identities; the barriers they face as performers and what ‘inspiration porn’ means to them. Resa-Philip Lunau & Subir Che Selia, Germany, 2014, “Forget whatever you believe to know about gender.” Powerful documentary in which five people with different gender positions explain, criticise and demand. Through a painkiller-induced haze, she started questioning what would happen if she were to pass. COMMUNITY SPIRIT Two films from very different places and times featuring LGBT people banding together to create space.