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October 2020

SQIFF 2020 Opening Film: Pride & Protest

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Free - £8
Four people are in a moving, open topped car with their hands in the air, smiling and shouting in a celebratory way.

Pride & Protest is a documentary about QTIPOC communities and activists in Britain today and struggles surrounding the politics of desire, self-care, and found family. In the wake of the Birmingham protests against LGBTIQ+ relationship education in primary schools, director Blaise Singh follows various queer…

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Watch Party: Tchindas

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free - £8
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Tchindas explores queer identity and acceptance in the Cape Verde archipelago, and follows Tchinda, a transgender woman who is a national heroine, as she prepares for Carnival month. The camera closely follows Tchinda and her cohorts – an engaging, closely knit group of trans women…

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Watch Party: Cracks in the Patriarchy

October 7 @ 8:30 pm - 10:20 pm
Free - £8
Close-up of a person with long dark hair's chest. They are holding open their red zip-up jacket to reveal green writing on their chest which reads, "Aborto Legal."

Through comprehensive interviews focused on seven individuals from different backgrounds, this documentary examines the LGBTQI+ community in Buenos Aires, Argentina. History and biography meld with the fiercely political as we learn of several overlapping struggles in the vast city. From the fight for gender recognition…

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Watch Party: Tongues Untied

October 8 @ 8:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Free - £8
Two Black men are naked from the waist up in front of a white sheet with sketches of rocket and other items on it. One has an arm around the other's shoulder and they both look directly at the camera.

In his own words, Marlon Riggs aimed to shatter the “nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference” with his 1989 film Tongues Untied. A challenging and captivating work, many of Riggs’ key messages still resonate with the Black queer experience in the…

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Watch Party: Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free - £8
Two people, one with long bright red hair and dramatic black attire and one with short hair dressed butch casual, stand hand in hand knee deep in a lake with a hill filled with trees beyond it.

With a poetic blend of curiosity, humour, sensuality, and concern, this film chronicles the pleasures and politics of H2O from an ecosexual perspective. Travel with Annie, a former sex worker, Beth, a professor, and their dog Butch, in their E.A.R.T.H. Lab mobile unit, as they…

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Watch Party: Fabiana

October 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free - £8
A white woman with long dark hair, glasses, a dark vest, and a cigarette hanging out her mouth sits in a truck with a large wing mirror beside her face and a blurred countryside landscape in the background.

For over three decades, Fabiana has lived a nomadic life as a trans woman trucker in Brazil. She has crossed the vast country hundreds of times over, never staying anywhere for too long. Confident and adventurous, she’s at home amongst the mostly-male truckers she encounters,…

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Watch Party: Blindsided

October 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free - £8
A blurred image of a park with people walking in it and trees and buildings in the background. The image is circular, surrounded by black.

A documentary narrative about Patricia Livingstone, a deafblind, lesbian artist facing a series of losses and gains. The film weaves intimate, real time scenes shot over the course of eight years with home videos and photographs, relaying the story of a woman whose spark did…

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Watch Party: The Wound + South African Shorts

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free - £8
A Black man with red tshirts and a dark woolly hat is striding forward on a grassy plain with five other Black men covered with white powder and traditional Xhosa skirts and sticks walking behind him.

Despite a rich queer history and long fight to guarantee the rights of queer people under the first democratic government of Nelson Mandela, queer and trans South Africans face many challenges, which intersect with class and cultural identities. This screening attests to those challenges but…

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Watch Party: The Cancer Journals Revisited

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:10 pm
Free - £8
A Black person with short dreadlocks and a stripy top sits on a rug on top of a wooden floor in a room with an ornate fireplace behind them. We see them through blurred audience members looking on.

The Cancer Journals Revisited is prompted by the question of what it means to re-visit and re-vision Black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde’s classic 1980 memoir of her breast cancer experience today. At the invitation of filmmaker Lana Lin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer…

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