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SQIFF Shorts: Overcome

December 6, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm


Strong narratives of queer characters who are occasionally overcome but mostly do the overcoming are contained in this programme of gutsy shorts. A trans man is bullied when his gender is outed at a new workplace, a queer woman faces homophobic banter at her hair salon, a trans woman visits the family home after her mother’s death and struggles with revealing her true self, as another trans woman searches for love and community after moving to Berlin from San Francisco. Each protagonist uses courage and determination to express themselves and survive.  

Tickets are priced on a sliding scale £0-£8 depending on what you can afford. To book, please use the button below or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

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Films in English, German, and Chinese languages with English language subtitles/captions. Hearing loop available.

Films rely on visual material to convey ideas and two out of four films are non-English language, so less accessible for blind and partially sighted audiences. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users. Click here for more details on venue access.

Comfy seating (bean bags) available. If you would like to reserve this, please contact access@sqiff.org.

We have a limited travel fund to assist people to come to the Festival for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for this, please contact access@sqiff.org.


In order to make SQIFF more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket price of £0-£8 for our events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof / ID, we just ask that you are honest! Our ticket sales go towards supporting the vital work of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, artists and organisers. If you have a free ticket and can no longer use it, please contact the relevant venue box office to let them know so it can be used by someone else. For more info on what you should pay, click here.


Dir: Clara Stern, Year: 2017
Mathias is transgender. Although he is more than sure about his decision to live as a man, he still has to find his way in his new identity and especially in his new job. And also his relationship with his girlfriend seems to have changed due to the transition.

Ladies Day (9m)
Dir. Abena Taylor-Smith, Year: 2018
Amma arrives at her hair salon, having fallen out with her girlfriend, Jade. Inside, she is greeted like an old friend. But when the conversation suddenly turns homophobic, Amma has a difficult decision to make: stay silent, or stick up for herself…

Sunken Plum (20m)
Dir. Roberto F. Canuto & Xu Xiaoxi, Year: 2017
Working at a nightclub in Chengdu, a transgender Chinese woman receives an unexpected visit from her cousin, informing her that the mother has died. As the only “son”, she feels obligated to return to her birthplace for the sake of her family, even though she’ll have to hide her true self from those that once shared her past.

Alyha Love (19m)
Dir. Savio Debernardis, Year: 2017
Alyha Love is a walking contradiction, a typical child of the generation Y. Her life oscillates between her passions and others’ expectations, between the search for love and the struggle to feel completely herself. In her journey, she overcomes geographical and gender barriers to land in Berlin, where, surrounded by like-minded people, she tries to find herself without getting lost.


December 6, 2018
3:30 pm - 4:50 pm
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Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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