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SQIFF Shorts: Come Out Fighting

October 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:10 pm

Free – £8
A stop motion figure of a brown person with short pink hair, grey jumper, and jeans sits with hands on lap looking down in a rail carriage. Next to them are drawn black and white figures.

Pushed into corners through marginalisation and oppression, the characters in these short films come out fighting for their bodily autonomy, rights, and liberation. YaliniDream performs a poem of refugee/migrant love for self and the world. Artist Liberty Antonia Sadler uses poetry to celebrate larger bodies in a fatphobic society. In Ponyboi, an intersex runaway and sex worker finds self-redemption and love. The Wind on your Skin sees a young Namibian woman fighting back after her girlfriend is murdered for being lesbian. Eyes explores moving through the world as a gender non-conforming person choosing between being visible versus being safe. And BLACKN3SS dives into the journey of black queer youth in São Paulo.

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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This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 12+.

Films have a mixture of English and Portuguese audio with English captions/subtitles. Hearing loop available.

Most of the films are relatively accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences with poetic voiceover or explanatory dialogue and majority English language and/or quite bright images. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users, gender neutral toilets, and welcomes assistance animals. Click here for CCA’s Accessibility Guide.

A Quiet Space and programme content notes will be available. Click here for a list of content notes for the 2019 Festival.

Comfy seating (bean bags) are 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.


I Am / YaliniDream (2m)
Dir: YaliniDream, Krissy Mahan, Country: USA, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
YaliniDream — Lankan Tamil Blood, Manchester-Born, Texas-Bred and Brooklyn-Brewed, performs a poem of refugee/migrant love for self and the world, through dance and a hiphop beat.

Content note: None.

tenderfluid (3m)
Dir: Liberty Antonia Sadler, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Celebrating the hypnotic plasticity of a larger body, tenderfluid is visible softness as protest; a counterpoint to the rigidity of diet culture, cis-heteronormativity and toxic dogmas of weight gain & queerness as failure.

Content note: Discussion of fatphobia.

Ponyboi (19m)
Dir: River Gallo, Sade Clacken Joseph, Country: USA, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Ponyboi is an intersex runaway. He works at a laundromat and hustles as a sex worker. But after a mysterious encounter with a man from his dreams, he learns that perhaps he is worthy of leaving his seedy life in New Jersey behind. Ponyboi is a queer film about discovering self-redemption and love.

Content note: Non-graphic sex scenes; depiction of violence including suggestion of sexual violence.

The Wind on your Skin (18m)
Dir: Naomi Beukes, Country: Namibia, Year: 2018, Language/s: English
A community is shaken when a young woman is murdered because of whom she loved. This is the 4th short story in the award winning series The Centre-Stories about the lives and loves of African Women in Berlin created by Namibian Filmmaker, Naomi Beukes.

Content note: Depiction and discussion of violence and death; discussion of sexual assault.

Eyes (5m)
Dir: Lily Ash Sakula, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
Eyes is about moving through the world as a gender non-conforming person and the tension between our fierce desire to be seen and an equally strong need for safety. Both are crucial to our survival as trans people, and yet they are often at odds: forcing us to choose.

Content note: Depiction of mental health issues.

Dir: Diego Paulino, Country: Brazil, Year: 2018, Language/s: Portuguese
Between melanin and far away planets, BLACKN3SS proposes a dive into the journey of the black youth of São Paulo city. A documentary on blackness, queerness, and spacial aspirations of the diaspora’s children.

Content note: Discussion and depiction of anti-black racism; brief visual and spoken references to sexual violence.

My Spine is a Beautiful Sea Monster (2m)
Dir: Theresa Heath-Ellul, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
The idea for this film developed at a 2017 SQIFF filmmaking workshop which encouraged attendees to embrace a part of their bodies or selves they found challenging or difficult, and to turn it into something beautiful. I have always found my scoliosis very unattractive and never wear clothing which reveals my back. However, I do love the sea, glitter and sequins. I therefore decided to create a beautiful, be-sequinned sea monster out of my spine which would then dance according to my curvature.

Content note: None.


October 3, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:10 pm
Free – £8
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