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SQIFF Shorts: Tender Anguish

December 9, 2018 @ 8:15 pm - 9:25 pm


Harika Özer is an impoverished trans sex worker whose family sought refuge from Siirt to Manisa in Turkey in the 80s. Raf, a young queer man in the UK, struggles to find his place amongst the crowd in a dive gay bar. Icarus arrives in a new city in Brazil and begins an affair with a man that soon goes agonisingly wrong. Real historical figure Mary MacLane cuts a forlorn queer figure in her lonely Montana hometown at the turn of the 20th Century. And Fetish is a Black man in the streets reclaiming his body through magic, fire, and defiance. Each character experiences pain and vulnerability and must negotiate how to cope in these stories of tenderness and anguish.

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Films are in English, Portuguese, and Turkish languages with English language subtitles/captions. Hearing loop available.

Films rely a lot on visual material to convey ideas and/or are non-English language, so are 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.


The Wonderful Affair (5m)
Dir: Tahir Ün, Year: 2016
Harika Özer is a child whose Kurdish family sought refuge from Siirt to Manisa at the end of 1980s. In his own words, he is a transsexual feeling female spirit in his own body since early childhood. He has lived in Izmir since 2000 and makes a living through prostitution. This work is a documentary project realised by Harika (literally translated as ‘wonderful’), posing for the camera with all his self-confidence and courage. It gives the audience a non-judgemental stance against homophobia.

Four Quartets (10m)
Dir. Marco Alessi, Year: 2018
Over the course of a night out in a gay dive bar, Raf struggles to find his place amongst the crowd. Four Quartets is a short film about queer community, and how the anxieties and conditioning we face sometimes stop us from letting ourselves belong.

Adeus Estrada de Tijolos Amarelos (19m)
Dir. Hiran Matheus, Year: 2018
Icarus arrives in another city to try life as a telemarketer, but when he goes out at night he is caught by a boy. Screenplay based on a Elton John song and filmed with a cell phone.

Between my flesh and the world’s fingers (31m)
Dir. Talena Sanders, Year: 2018
Mary MacLane, the Wild Woman of Butte, Montana, published her diaries in 1902 and 1917. As an out queer and proto-feminist at the turn of the century, MacLane became notorious upon the publication of her 1902 diary, I Await the Devil’s Coming. She was whisked away from the industrial hellscape of her copper mining Montana hometown to a life in the public eye as an author, journalist, female film pioneer and always a provocateur – sending up social norms throughout her career, with a special focus on staid notions about women and sexuality.

Between my flesh and the world’s fingers is an experimental essay and diary film primarily based on her published diaries and her film work.

FETISH (16m)
Dir. Topher Campbell, Year: 2018
The character of Fetish is a representation of so many things. He is at once a clear form – a body – and formless, like the bodies of Basquiat. As a Black man in the streets, he is both positioned by othering and places himself in a world of looking, power, strength, harassment, fashion, sexual objectification, invisibility, visibility, admiration, CCTV, selfies, vulnerability, humour, performance, protest, danger, violence and humour. If you have ever been stopped by police for being Black, embarrassment, futility and vulnerability are at the apex of the experience. Or, as is the case with Tamir, Philando, Freddy, Sandra and so on, being dead and treated like shit is what happens. Fetish in this film experiences and represents this painful embarrassment and vulnerability. It’s hard to watch and painful to experience.

By the end of the film through magic, through fire, through defiance, through being a multi-dimensional being in touch with the elements, Fetish reclaims his body and stands like a colossus in The City.


December 9, 2018
8:15 pm - 9:25 pm
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