Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

SQIFF Shorts: Escaping Into Common Places

September 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 08.18.25

A selection of short films by and about people who are trans, non-binary, and/or intersex.

Trans and intersex bodies float under water, clash with western history, and get inked;
a trans woman in Turkey builds her own identity whilst reacting to and rejecting that
of mainstream media; and a trans guy in Australia buys a blow-up replica version of
himself from the supermarket.

Each film will be entered into an award kindly sponsored by the Scottish Transgender
Alliance and voted for by the audience at the end of the screening.

Content note: depiction and discussion of transphobia and phobia towards non-binary, intersex, and genderqueer people.

Screening with English subtitles.

£5/£4 Conc/Free unemployed and asylum seekers. To book tickets please use the button below or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

Buy Tickets


Full Programme

Black is Blue (16m)

Dir. Cheryl Dunye, Country: USA, Year: 2014

Black is Blue tells the story of Black, an African American trans man who works as a security guard inside an apartment complex in California. We quietly follow Black over the course of his typical day, a journey that reveals how Black’s past life is always in the back of his mind.

Watch trailer for Black is Blue

Mymy (14m)

Dir. Anna Helme, Country: Australia, Year: 2014

In a mythic cyberfeminist universe, a frustrated young man yearns for affinity and connection. In an age of digital avatars, he crafts a version of himself that is far more corporeal – by stitching together parts of himself to become his own cyborg twin. However, his new clone has been corrupted by a techno-magick virus…

Escaping into Common Places, having Gothic Adventures in the Neoclassical and Other Ages. Or: My Life is Framed by You. (6m)

Dir. Mijke Drift / Alex Reuter, Country: Netherlands, Year: 2014

Told entirely in still frames and voice-over, a nude person appears in various poses in Amsterdam’s public spaces. Escaping into Common Places addresses the simultaneous hypervisibility and erasure of trans* bodies.

Float (5m)

Dir. Sam Berliner, Country: USA, Year: 2015

Float is a celebratory experiment shot completely underwater and depicting trans and genderqueer folk swimming naked set to music by musician Rae Spoon.

Watch trailer for Float

God’s Mistake (23m)

Dir. Anna Savchenko and Eva Matarranz, Country: Slovenia, Year: 2014

Salomé, a trans woman, singer, and entertainer, discusses her childhood in Yugoslavia and her experiences as an adult. She chats to friends, her audience, the camera, and her tattooist about psychiatrists’ threats, military service, school, her mother, and religion.

Watch trailer for God’s Mistake

Swanicorn (9m)

Dir. Jaq Nguyen Victor, USA, 2015

A genderqueer ugly duckling emerges from the shell of oppression and heartbreak into a sparkling fairytale Swanicorn full of hope.


September 26, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Event Categories:
, ,


Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
+ Google Map
0141 352 4900