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SQIFF 2020 Opening Film: Pride & Protest

October 5, 2020 @ 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 people of colour as they challenge homophobia and racism in their communities. They speak out against internalised shame and lack of representation, and we follow them trying to figure out their place in the world in the build up to UK Black Pride.

We are screening the film as a live watch party on Zoom. We are very happy to be joined by director Blaise Singh for a Q&A after the film. Pride & Protest will also be available on SQIFF’s Vimeo on Demand channel between 5 and 18 October.

Tickets are on a sliding scale of FREE, £2, £4, £6, or £8. To book, click the button below. We will send out a Zoom link for the event to ticket holders a day or two beforehand.

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This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 15+.

The film has English audio with English language captions. BSL interpretation and live captioning provided for introduction and Q&A.

This event has live audio description. We will send instructions on how to access the live AD to all ticket holders before the event. Contact us by emailing [email protected] if you would like any more information about live AD during the Festival.

The film has lots of dialogue and voiceover, all English language, and mostly bright images.

The film is 90 minutes long with a 10 minute introduction at the start, a 5 minute comfort break after the film, and a Q&A lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Content notes: Discussion of racism, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia; depiction of homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, and brief racist violence.

We have a limited access fund to assist people with no or limited internet access to attend the Festival. If you would like to take this up, please contact [email protected].

If you have any questions about accessibility at SQIFF 2020, please contact [email protected].


Tickets for most live events are on a sliding scale of FREE, £2, £4, £6, or £8. Our sliding scale allows you to choose what to pay based on what you feel you can afford. No evidence or proof of circumstances is required. If you can afford to pay more, we really appreciate it as we rely on this income to pay queer people fairly for their work and keep the festival going.


October 5, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Free – £8
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