On dec 21 we will screen a program at Cinema Queers mini festival Winter Wonder World – Queer Edition!
#Familiar #Touch #Lost #Figures is an exploration of queer ancestory and diaspora, the hybrids between cultural traditions and queer identities living in diaspora. Brown skin touching Brown skin, it’s a revolutionary act. We find comfort and home when our skins touch and our eyes meet.” Director: Katy Jalili, 2017, UK, 13 min.
Katy Jalili (Katayoun Jalilipour) is an Iranian born multidisciplinary artist, performer and writer. They are focusing their research on queer/people’s of colour’s status in the contemporary performing arts and they are very much inspired by how femme bodies occupy and respond in performance spaces. www.katyjalili.tumblr.com
The Glorious Queens of Xxxmas have been thrown to the curb! Who will save them? Starring West Vargina (Heather María Ács) & Sequinette Jaynesfield, two of Brooklyn’s most fabulous queer femme drag queens. Follow them on instagram: @sequinette @heather_acs @femmepowerproductions Director: West Vargina (Heather Ács) & Sequinette Jaynesfield, 2017, USA, 3 min. Cinematography: dwm, Sound: Emma Rock, Editor: AJ Russo
Heather María Ács (West Vargina) is a performer, writer, filmmaker, drag queen, and cultural worker based in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented at festivals, theatres, galleries, conferences, and universities internationally. She is the Co-Director of Heels on Wheels, a queer femme-inine spectrum, all genders performance group, who tours annually and published the LAMBDA Literary Award-winning queer performance anthology, Glitter & Grit. heelsonwheelsroadshow.com www.heatheracs.com
Sequinette Jaynesfield Called a “Drag Impresario” by the New York TImes and a “Dolly Parton-esque beauty” by the Village Voice, Sequinette is one of the most stylized of New York City’s High Femme, costumed performers. Highlights of her career include being crowned Miss LEZ in Murray Hill’s queer beauty pageant, starring in Michelle Handelman’s film, “Dorian,” and winning the first ever Miss Drag Coney Island. She creates performances and installations of exquisite beauty and carefully wrought absurdity.
This stop-motion animation juxtaposes a young lesbian’s heartbreak over the recent revival of Indian Penal Code section 377, which is often cited in official condemnation and violation of queer Indians’ rights. The romantically spurned daughter wants to close herself off to the world, renouncing her queerness and hiding in fear. Her mother, through a collage of news coverage and interviews, helps her daughter find strength in the world’s anger; together at last they join the protests and take up the daughter’s dignity in their own hands, with the support of a global community. Director: Neelu Bhuman, 2014, UK, 5 min.
Neelu Bhuman is an independent filmmaker and interaction designer. Within her films, Neelu explores social and political themes as they play out in close relations. Playfully evoking insights into the workings of difference in intimacy, Neelu’s films blend viewpoints ranging from race, gender, sexuality, culture, and romance. Pushing these themes in FU377 (2014) and Love Letter/Prēma Lēkha (2015), Neelu’s films purposefully move towards abstract retellings of the problematics of identity categories and foregrounding varieties of resilience and resistance to experiences of duress – both immediate and political. FU377 (2014) has won best animation awards in New Delhi, New York City and Kolkata film festivals. www.filmsofneelu.com
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Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, Hot Docs in Toronto, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Outfest in Los Angeles, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in Germany. www.thirzacuthand.com