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LGBT Block 1
October 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
“Bus Stop Beauty” (4:00pm), Eric Brunt, Canada, 3 minutes – A young man falls head over heels, but when the girl of his dreams turns out not to be what she seems, he learns to let go of preconceived notions surrounding love.
“MUKWANO” (4:03pm), Cecilie McNair, Denmark, 20 minutes – Mary Kabufufu is lesbian and asylum seeker. She is looking for her girlfriend, who disappeared during their escape from Uganda. During her last interview at the Refugee Board it dawns on her that she has overlooked a clue that might lead her to her girlfriend. But she still does not know if she can get asylum.
“Wedlocked” (4:24pm), Puppett, USA, 12 minutes – Inspired by true stories, three women work their way out of a divorce triangle they never signed up for. Back in the dark ages before SCOTUS decreed marriage equality for all across the land… Sydney and Cameron are a happily engaged couple looking forward to their big day. There’s one obstacle… Sydney is still married to Lisa and as their home state won’t recognize their marriage, a divorce is impossible! Follow Sydney and Cameron on a hilarious journey through this not-so-fictional fable to find out the answer to the question…Are You Married Enough (To Get Divorced)?
“Who I Am” (4:37pm), Monika Wilczynska, UK, 17 minutes – Who I Am is a drama short film based on true events, with an original script written by Monika Wilczynska. It is a coming of age tale about Elijah, a young transgender teenager from a very religious background, who has to try to reconcile their identity with their faith and their family’s expectations of them. With the help of anti-conformist Lisbeth and their friends, Elijah learns not to compromise their own integrity in face of prejudice and adversity. The film inquires: can an LGBTQ-identifying person benefit from religion whilst staying true to who they are? Why is it important to tackle identity in regards to religion? How restrictive is our perception of spirituality and divinity? ‘Who I Am’ does not attempt to answer these questions, but it aspires to open the dialogue to the public on subjects that have been under-represented or taboo for far too long.
“Longing” (4:57pm), Nadav Mishali, Israel, 20 minutes – Every month Michal immerses in a Mikveh as part of the religious ritual before she and her husband can resume marital relations. When the long-awaited night arrives, nothing happens between the two. Her husband’s absence, as well as the deterioration in the intimacy between them, makes her suspect on her husband’s true identity.
“Easy Reappearance” (5:17pm) , Guillaume Levil, France, 17 minutes – Anne, a fifty year old woman with a bourgeois mentality, listens to a message secretly intended for her husband: a man makes an appointment with him in a gay club where you must give the password, « Easy Reappearance »…
“Dawn” (5:34pm), Jake Graf, UK, 13 minutes – As dawn creeps across London, two lost outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the sun begins to rise, and the veil of night is lifted, the pair are forced to look at themselves and face the harsh reality that life is sometimes what you make it, and that in the cold light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul.
“Intrinsic Moral Evil” (5:48pm), Harm Weistra, Netherlands, 11 minutes – Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play with the viewer’s perception and expectations. The layered story gradually develops; revealing its last secrets just before the end credits start. Inviting the audience to make its own interpretation.
Festival Passes are $50 and are good for all receptions, panels, and screenings over four days. General Admission tickets are $8 and will be available at the ticket counter.