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SQIFF Shorts: Bodies and Borders

December 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm


The most urgent issues surrounding identity and oppression revolve around bodies and borders. In Being Okey, a gay Nigerian man is denied asylum in Switzerland and consequently caught between the constant fear of being sent home and hope of a life in safety. ABEO is an animation by Latinx artist Brenda M. Lopez Zepeda depicting the journey of two immigrants risking their lives to cross the Arizona desert. My Shoreline is an experimental film-poem about a disabled queer body in water, and My Own Wings documents intersex people from around the world. Working class queer bodies and class borders are forefronted in Krissy Mahan’s All in a Day’s Work and the implication of supposed sexual boundaries is explored in Patricia Silva’s bisexual ode, A Feeling More Than a Picture. Finally, legendary lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer’s new short, Evidentiary Bodies, is a plea for empathy and compassion generated through the viewing of other beings.

Tickets are priced on a sliding scale £0-£8 depending on what you can afford. To book, please use the button below or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

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Films in English and Spanish languages with English language subtitles/captions. Hearing loop available.

Films are mixed with some relying on visual material to convey ideas and some using more dialogue. The majority are English language. So, the event is relatively 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.


Being Okey (34m)
Dir: Nadia Lanfranchi, Nina Oppliger, Corinne Pfister, Year: 2017
Nigerian Okey describes seeking asylum in Switzerland after narrowly escaping death when a mob tried to kill him because he is gay.

My Shoreline (4m)
Dir. Aimee Louw, Year: 2016
Attempting to reach the Saint Laurence River boardwalk in Montreal proves to be an impossible task for Aimee in this film-poem on the everyday trials of a Disabled queer.

ABEO (7m)
Dir. Brenda M. Lopez Zepeda, Year: 2018
A hard-hitting mixed media animated short that depicts the journey of Nadia and Lupe, two immigrants who risked their lives to cross the Arizona desert in search of a better life.

My Own Wings (8m)
Dir. Katia Repina, Year: 2018
My Own Wings is a transmedia project that aims to explore intersex identity.

All in a Day’s Work (10m)
Dir. Krissy Mahan & Patricia Silva, Year: 2018
All in a Day’s Work is a series of vignettes about two working class queers who each present as women.

Evidentiary Bodies (9m)
Dir. Barbara Hammer, Year: 2018
A one screen version of an originally three screen immersion exploring illness, time, and the isolation of the material body.

A Feeling More Than a Picture (5m)
Dir. Patricia Silva, Year: 2017
A queer reordering of cinematic gestures, A Feeling More Than a Picture is a formal experiment with the bisexual vocabularies inherently present in the canon of cinema.


December 7, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
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