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Adrian Garcia Gomez: Reinterpreting the Mikveh

Adrian Garcia Gomez: Reinterpreting the Mikveh

The mikveh is a cleansing ceremony for Jewish brides, performed as a purifying ritual bath before marriage. In Gomez’ film, Mikveh, this ceremony is reinterpreted by two married men. In this reinterpretation of the mikveh, the filmmaker and his husband’s immersions are disrupted by a government who refuses…

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Kai Fiáin: Working Class Aesthetic & Collaborative Filmmaking

Kai Fiáin: Working Class Aesthetic & Collaborative Filmmaking

Photo Credit: Sara Budd It’s taken me a long time to understand my voice. Sometimes you have to make the work before you know what it’s about. When I look back at all the projects I have been involved in, I would say without fail…

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Catherine Gund: Documentaries and the Urgency of Representation

Catherine Gund: Documentaries and the Urgency of Representation

What led you to pursue documentary filmmaking? I’ve always been engaged in communications and growing community and documentary filmmaking is a clear form of both. I thrive on the creativity of molding a story and also on the urgency of representation. In high school, I…

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Jacob Engelberg: Bisexual* Representation and Cinema’s Sexual Paradigms

Jacob Engelberg: Bisexual* Representation and Cinema’s Sexual Paradigms

“Do you prefer shagging men or women?”, Hedi asks Iva as they both lie on her floor mattress, Hedi smoking, Iva on her front clutching the sheets beneath her. “It’s all the same,” responds Iva. Then, after a pause, “when love strikes.” Mongolian-German filmmaker Uisenma…

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Mabz Beet: Changing Trans Representation on Screen

Mabz Beet: Changing Trans Representation on Screen

For decades in film and television, transgender people were often portrayed as villains with their gender identity used as a way of making them appear crazy and unstable. These days, trans people have been reduced to the butt of a joke in comedies. The reveal…

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Alberto Amoretti: Telling Stories of Identity

Alberto Amoretti: Telling Stories of Identity

How did you get into filmmaking and what drives you? I am a scriptwriter first and foremost and have recently branched out into filmmaking. What has always interested me is telling stories. Allowing people to get to know the experiences of others. It was the…

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Harry Breaux: At 72, Surviving the AIDS Epidemic

Harry Breaux: At 72, Surviving the AIDS Epidemic

When I met Erin Allday, the journalist whose idea it was to start reporting on long-term AIDS survivors, I was attending a working group requesting the city for funding to help us folks that never planned to live this long. Having been HIV+ since 1980,…

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Cyn Lubow: Trans/Gender Experience of Birthing Children

Cyn Lubow: Trans/Gender Experience of Birthing Children

Gender has always been a challenge for me. As a child, my mother wanted to dress me in pink, lacy dresses that horrified me. No one was thrilled with my need to wear ties and boys sports jackets, to glue or paint on mustaches, or…

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Seema Mattu: Why Am I A Gay Icon?

Seema Mattu: Why Am I A Gay Icon?

Recently, I’m talking around March this year, I was outed at the funeral of a close family member. It was literally so extra and dramatic I couldn’t believe what was happening. Anytime the word “funeral” is used in a story, the morbidity levels increase tenfold,…

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Friendly Locals Sought to Host SQIFF 2017 Guests

Friendly Locals Sought to Host SQIFF 2017 Guests

We have a number of lovely guests attending SQIFF 2017 and are looking for local people in Glasgow to host some of them in a spare room or sofa bed etc. If you live not too far from the centre of Glasgow and have a bed…

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