Opening Night Film
THURSDAY 07/SEP 19:00
Director: Sara Jordenö
2016 | Sweden/USA│94 m
English | No subtitles
Expected guests: Cast Gia Maria Love & Christopher Waldorf
Buy tickets for KIKI HERE
One of the great classics in queer cinema is Paris is Burning from 1991. KIKI can be regarded as a present-day version. How is the queer African-American and Latino youth on the streets of New York doing now? What causes are they passionate about? How do they gather?
Through the work of a few community pillars, the tradition of Drag Balls are kept alive with the birthplace of vogueing, made famous by Madonna. We follow these activists and leaders, as they strive to keep the local kids away from crime and drugs, and create a family for those who have none. This documentary is a moving portrait of people who find strength in adversity with the support they give to each other. -(BY)
Winner of the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.
Pre-screening of: The Streets Are Ours
FRIDAY 08/SEP 19.00
Director: Erin Heidenreich
2016 | Canada/Pakistan/USA | 80 m
English/Urdu/Pashto | English subtitles
Expected guests: Protagonist from ‘The streets are ours’, Fawzia Mirza
Buy tickets for GIRL UNBOUND HER
To be born a female in South Waziristan, a Taliban-dominated tribal area on the Afghan border of Pakistan, is inherently challenging. Maria Toorpakai was born female, but possess the instincts and temperament of a boy. She is the daughter of a man so notoriously permissive, that he was once confined to a mental hospital for believing his wife and daughters should be educated. Toorpakai grew up as a tomboy, and further inflamed Taliban sensibilities by pursuing competitive squash in international competitions and, even worse, by becoming famous.
A powerful documentary of an athlete’s determination to win against tough odds, including constant Taliban death threats towards her and her family. A portrait of a remarkable Pakistani family, born to tribalism, willing to face dire consequences for being progressive in nature. -(BY)
THE PEARL OF AFRICA
SATURDAY 09/SEP 14.00
Director: Jonny Von Wallström
2016 | Sweden | 90 m
English/Luganda | English subtitles
Expected guests: Director, Jonny Von Wallström & Producer, André Wallström,
Buy tickets for THE PEARL OF AFRICA HERE
Festival Director, Chris Belloni will introduce his minority film festival, and have a screening of his 2016 opening film: The Pearl of Africa.
An emersion into the experiences of another, “The Pearl of Africa” presents an intimate look into the joys and struggles of a couple from Uganda. Cleo, a transgender woman, has faced discrimination for being different since childhood. As an adult, she is faced with the growing political pressures of an anti-gay majority. Following the “One Million March” for an anti-gay draft law, she begins to worry for her safety. Cleo and her fiancé decide to embark on a long journey to take the next step in her transition and seek out safe haven.
This film mixes brilliant cinematography, powerful music and a moving story, which takes the viewer on an emotional journey into Cleo’s struggle for equality and basic human rights. -(LPJ)
SUNDAY 10/SEP 14.00
Director: Hollie Fifer
2016 | Australia | 76 m
English/Tok Pisin | English subtitles
Buy tickets for THE OPPOSITION HERE
Wealth and power bulldoze over the vulnerable – this time in Papua New Guinea. Director Hollie Fifer provides a bare and gritty look into the emotional, legal and violent struggle for the land of Paga Hill. An indigenous community, led by Joe Moses, fights to protect their land and homes from an international Icelandic investor and a corrupt government. David must pool together every available resource to challenge Goliath’s deep pockets and political influence. A real-life story, full of pain, fear and betrayal, with fleeting moments of joy. This film will stoke the fires of fury of anyone with a heart. -(LPJ)
TWO SOFT THINGS, TWO HARD THINGS
Pre-screening of ‘Blue Eyed Boy’
SUNDAY 10/SEP 18.00
Director: Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa
2016 |Canada | 71 m
English/Inuktitut | English subtitles
Expected guest: Director, Mark Kenneth Woods
Buy tickets for TWO SOFT THING, TWO HARD THINGS HERE
Two soft things, two hard things is a moving documentary, set in Nunavut, Arctic, deeply connected to our small community of the Faroe Islands. Mark and Michael travel to explore a LGBTQ Pride gathering, they come across a group of Indigenous people and are met with heartfelt conversations about their history. We feel how the community is deeply wounded from the colonization and oppression of their Inuit beliefs and traditions. This has lead to the shaming of their traditional views on sexuality and family structure, and young LGBTQ people fleeing to bigger cities.
We hear the strength in their voices and the willingness to reclaim their lost stories. The planning of the Pride gathering is starting to come together, and it is almost time for Mark and Michael to leave, but we feel resilience and hope for the future community of Nunavut. -(NA)