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We Are Parable presents: Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture by Janelle Monae

October 6, 2019 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Free – £8
A black woman - Janelle Monae - is in close up looking just beyond the camera. She has black hair in pigtails and wears multi-coloured eye make-up, bright red lipstic, and a pearl collar. Just behind her another black woman can be seen. They are both sitting in an open top car.

As part of their season “The Art of the Black Visual Album” We Are Parable partner with SQIFF to present a special screening of Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer visual album or, as she calls it, “emotion picture.” Set in a dystopian nightmare, Jane 57821 (played by Monae) is being subjected to having her memories removed or “cleaned,” ones that mainly involve her relationship with Zen (Tessa Thompson). As the removal of her thoughts and feelings takes place, we’re taken on a journey to find out who Jane really is, with her emotions displayed as songs from Dirty Computer.

Preceded by our Closing Night speeches and awards. After the screening, we invite you to a listening party where CC TIME and SQU!SHY will perform a homage to Janelle Monae, playing Dirty Computer in its entirety alongside other tunes. Includes tasty beers sponsored by Drygate Brewing Co.

This screening is part of the BFI Musicals nationwide season.

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+.

Film has English audio with English language subtitles/captions. BSL interpretation for introduction. Hearing loop available.

Film is relatively accessible to blind and partially sighted audiences – there is a lot of visual storytelling but a reasonable amount of explanatory dialogue and lots of song lyrics. 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.


October 6, 2019
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – £8
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Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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