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SQIFF Shorts: Queer Spaces

October 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Free - £8
A brown person with short dark hair, a dark hoodie, and bag over their shoulder stands in a subway carriage looking down to the side with people sitting behind them.

How does queer visibility transform physical and symbolic space? What roles do specific spaces have in altering the way that we navigate and represent ourselves in public? Why are alternatives to heteronormative space important for our communities? In this collection of shorts, we explore what ‘home’ and ‘public space’ means to the LGBTQIA+ communities of Paris; join a young trans man as he navigates gendered space on the Delhi metro; and follow the campaign to save one of London’s most iconic queer spaces, the Joiner’s Arms.

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This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 12+.

Films have English, French, and Hindi audio with English subtitles/captions. Hearing loop available.

Films are not accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences with some explanatory dialogue, mostly dark images, and only around half in English. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users, gender neutral toilets, and welcomes assistance animals. Click here for CCA’s Accessibility Guide.

A Quiet Space and programme content notes will be available. Click here for a list of content notes for the 2019 Festival.

Comfy seating (bean bags) are 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.


Les Clefs de Chez Moi (26m)
Dir. Ray Van Huizen and Ella Martin-Gachot, Country: France, Year: 2019, Language/s: French, English
Filmed in Paris while Ray Van Huizen and Ella Martin-Gachot were studying abroad, the documentary explores the relationship that people in the LGBTQIA+ communities of Paris have with the concepts of home and public space.

Content note: Discussion of mental health issues including suicide, violence, transphobia, biphobia, and racism.

Trojan Horse / Rainbow Flag (26m)
Dir: Ian Giles, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Working directly with members of Friends of the Joiners Arms, Ian Giles’ newly-commissioned film Trojan Horse/Rainbow Flag examines the campaign to save this iconic LGBTQI+ space. The title is inspired by campaigner Amy Roberts, when describing the cynical approach of property developers seeking to push through proposals to erase queer spaces by disingenuously claiming that their LGBTQI+ status would remain unchanged post-development.

Content note: Discussion of abusive relationships, violence, queerphobia, misogyny, and classism.

Please Mind the Gap (20m)
Dir. Mitali Trivedi and Gagandeep Singh, Country: India, Year: 2018, Language/s: Hindi, English
Delhi meets at the metro. The snaking lines of the tube connect the whole city. Passengers board from different places but for a brief moment in time they are all headed in the same direction. We share one such ride with our co-traveller Anshuman, a trans man. As the stations pass by we begin to look at the metro space from his perspective. His is the story of reclaiming public space and one’s own self. The doors will open on the quest. Please mind the gap.

Content note: Discussion of transphobia.


October 4, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Free - £8
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