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Watch Party: The Wound + South African Shorts

October 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Free - £8
A Black man with red tshirts and a dark woolly hat is striding forward on a grassy plain with five other Black men covered with white powder and traditional Xhosa skirts and sticks walking behind him.

Despite a rich queer history and long fight to guarantee the rights of queer people under the first democratic government of Nelson Mandela, queer and trans South Africans face many challenges, which intersect with class and cultural identities. This screening attests to those challenges but demonstrates that love and support comes from surprising and subversive places. The Wound explores the relationship between traditional Xhosa initiation rituals and queer identity, also alluded to in My Transgender Life (12m) by Yonela Simetu. The Men Who Speak Gayle (11m) celebrates a secret language used during the apartheid era to hide queer identities from the authorities.

Curated by Harvey Dimond and followed by a Q&A with Yonela Simetu, a Cape Town-based filmmaker and the director of My Transgender Life. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

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

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

The films are 2 hours long with a brief introduction at the start and a 30 minute Q&A after the films.

Content notes: discussion of racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, swearing, and violence; depiction of nudity, sex, violence, blood, death, and graphic depictions of animal slaughter.

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October 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Free - £8
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