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October 2020

Watch Party: Tongues Untied

October 8, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Free - £8
Two Black men are naked from the waist up in front of a white sheet with sketches of rocket and other items on it. One has an arm around the other's shoulder and they both look directly at the camera.

In his own words, Marlon Riggs aimed to shatter the “nation’s brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference” with his 1989 film Tongues Untied. A challenging and captivating work, many of Riggs’ key messages still resonate with the Black queer experience in the…

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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…

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Workshop: Queer Speculative Fiction with Katalina Watt

October 14, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free - £8
A headshot of Katalina Watt, a woman of colour with short dark hair, red lipstick, a dark blouse with blue feathers on it, and a big smile.

Katalina Watt is an Edinburgh-based author and publisher with a background in digital publishing, copywriting, and bookselling. A champion of representative voices and stories, she has been published in various anthologies and magazines, and was longlisted for Penguin Random House UK’s 2020 Write Now programme.…

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Watch Party: Lesbian Shorts by Shu Lea Cheang

October 14, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free - £8
A black and white headshot of Shu Lea Cheang, a Taiwanese-American woman with short bleach blond hair, standing in a darkened corridor with bright overhead lights.

Shu Lea Cheang’s work from the early-to-mid 1990s demonstrated an exciting fusion of identity politics and erotic exploration, making her one of the period’s most prominent queer media artists. This collection presents two of her solo works and two collaborations, alongside a Q&A with Cheang…

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Discussion: Film Programming for QTIPOC

October 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
An Arab woman with curly black hair, glasses, and a woolly jumper sits mid-talking holding up a mic with a black wall behind her.

A conversation with QTIPOC film programmers from across the UK. We’ll be tackling questions such as: What does it mean to programme for us, by us? What unique and specific challenges are we facing? How do we curate safe and nourishing spaces for our communities?…

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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…

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Call & Response: Reading and Writing for the Future

October 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Two Black people with queer, Afrofuturist gold, silver, and multi-coloured outfits stand at the bottom of a set of futuristic, theatrical red stairs. One person leans on the other's shoulder, who holds up their fingers in a peace sign.

A workshop and reading group led by Martha Williams. The discussion and activities will be based around one or more of the texts selected for the Many Black Moons Ago, To Go programme. Texts will be sent to participants prior to the workshop. The workshop…

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February 2021

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

February 3 - February 17
Free - £8
Four people stand with their backs to us, facing the city of San Francisco with tall buildings and blue sky in front of them.

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America is a feature-length documentary revealing the untold stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and who are resettling in the United States. As leadership in America continues to demonize immigrants and…

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Pride & Protest: Live Watch Party + Q&A with director Blaise Singh

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pay what you can
Four people are in a moving, open topped car with their hands in the air, smiling and shouting in a celebratory way.

Pride & Protest is a documentary about QTIPOC communities and activists in Britain today and struggles surrounding the politics of desire, self-care, and found family. In the wake of the Birmingham protests against LGBTIQ+ relationship education in primary schools, director Blaise Singh follows various queer…

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October 2021

Sanctuary shorts in association with SQIFF + Q+A

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An image split into two with the top half a brick wall with lights projected onto it, and the bottom half an old style photo of someones ass as they embrass another person on some stairs.

This community-curated programme* explores the acceptance of identity, self, and of the world around us, while highlighting the universal experience of being queer–with a special focus on being lesbian. The films’ instinctive narratives show the lows of being ‘othered’, and the highs of finding a…

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