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SQIFF Shorts: You Gotta Have Faith

October 6, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:10 pm

Free – £8
A black person with hair up in a bun and blue jumper lies on a bed leaning over a brown person with long dark hair and a pink jumper. There is a pink cushion and flowery wallpaper behind them.

Short films exploring what it means to have faith as a queer person today. A seemingly pious Hasidic man living a secret double life faces a challenge when his two worlds collide. A chaplain from Cheshire sets up a helpline for gay farmers and is inundated with calls. LGBTQIA+ people in Nepal use a Hindu festival as a medium to appear in public. Plus more compelling stories in this captivating selection.

Join us for a discussion after the screening with playwright and author of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, Jo Clifford, LGBTQIA+ Muslim charity Imaan, and Rev. Jane Clarke from Glasgow’s LGBT+ Metropolitan Community Churches. Part of our strand on queerness and religion, You Gotta Have Faith.

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, Hebrew, and Nepali audio with English language subtitles/captions. The discussion will be BSL interpreted. Hearing loop available.

Around half the films are relatively accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences with explanatory dialogue and relatively 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.


Black Hat (15m)
Dir: Sarah Smith, Country: USA, Year: 2019, Language/s: English, Hebrew
A seemingly pious Hasidic man living a secret double life misplaces his black hat one night causing his two separate lives to collide in a way he never imagined.

Content note: Sexual content.

Two Blinks (8m)
Dir. Bruno Fraga Braz, Country: UK, Year: 2018, Language/s: English
After her father rejects her request to get a haircut, hijab-wearing Farhana searches the streets of Peckham London for a hair salon where her modesty can be protected.

Content note: Depiction of homophobia.

Landline (12m)
Dir. Matt Houghton, Country: UK, Year: 2018, Language/s: English
Landline is a short documentary about the only helpline in the UK for gay farmers set up by a chaplain from Cheshire. Through a series of recorded telephone conversations and reconstructive visuals, the film uses the helpline as a lens through which to view the experiences of LGBTQ people in the British farming community.

Content note: Discussion of homophobia and suicide.

Eden (5m)
Dir. Jędrzej Gorski, Country: Poland, Year: 2018, Language/s: No dialogue
A story of a young Catholic man who is struggling with his homosexuality. He is in love with another man but also does not want to abandon his religion. He has to choose between love and religion on one rainy day in the countryside.

Content note: Sexual content.

21st Century Nuns (10m)
Dir. Tom Stephen, Country: UK, Year: 1994, Language/s: English
Documentary about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The Sisters are an order of queer nuns. Their work covers many areas including: safer sex education, protests and demonstrations, outreach to the gay community, and providing ritual to the gay population. Their goal is to “expiate all stigmatic guilt and promulgate universal joy…”

Content note: Sexual content and depiction of homophobia.

The Visible (4m)
Dir. Atikah Zainidi, Country: Brunei, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
A short documentary exploring what it’s like to be a girl in Brunei.

Content note: Discussion of homophobia, transphobia, and sexual violence.

Gai Jatra (20m)
Dir. Gopal Shivakoti, Country: Nepal, Year: 2019, Language/s: Nepali
Traditionally, Gai Jatra is literally translated as procession of cows and is an age-old festival commemorating the death of loved ones. Since 2001, LGBTI people in Nepal have been using Gai Jatra festival as a medium to appear in the public, flaunt their true selves with pride, and pay tribute to the deceased members of their community.

Content note: Discussion of mental health issues, suicide, homophobia, and transphobia.


October 6, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:10 pm
Free – £8
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