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Watch Party: The Cancer Journals Revisited

October 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:10 pm

Free – £8
A Black person with short dreadlocks and a stripy top sits on a rug on top of a wooden floor in a room with an ornate fireplace behind them. We see them through blurred audience members looking on.

The Cancer Journals Revisited is prompted by the question of what it means to re-visit and re-vision Black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde’s classic 1980 memoir of her breast cancer experience today. At the invitation of filmmaker Lana Lin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, twenty-seven writers, artists, activists, health care advocates, and current and former patients recite Lorde’s manifesto aloud on camera, collectively dramatising it and producing an oration for the screen. The film is both a critical commentary and a poetic reflection upon the precarious conditions of survival within the intimate and politicised public sphere of illness.

Followed by a Q&A with director Lana Lin hosted by Anahit Behrooz. Anahit is an arts journalist based in Edinburgh, currently working as events editor at The Skinny and commissioning editor at Bella Caledonia, with bylines in The List, Girls on Tops, and Club des Femmes among others. Presented in partnership with Scottish Documentary Institute.

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

The films have English, Spanish, and German audio with English language captions. BSL interpretation and live captioning provided for introduction and Q&A.

The film is 98 minutes long with a brief introduction at the start, a 5 minute comfort break after the film, and a 30 minute Q&A.

Content notes: discussion of racism including anti-Blackness, violence, cancer, and death.

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 info@sqiff.org.

If you have any questions about accessibility at SQIFF 2020, please contact info@sqiff.org.


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October 16, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:10 pm
Free – £8
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