glitch film festival 19 - 28 march 2015 - Digital Desperados

glitch film festival 19 - 28 march 2015 - Digital Desperados

GLITCH FILM FESTIVAL {QUEER TRANS INTERSEX PEOPLE OF COLOUR} 19 - 28 MARCH 2015 A Queer (LGB), Trans, Intersex People of Colour Film Festival FREE...

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19 - 28 MARCH 2015

A Queer (LGB), Trans, Intersex People of Colour Film Festival


Venue: CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow 10 days, 66 films, 12 countries & 19 special guests! All films subtitled. All live events BSL interpreted.

Book tickets via Many thanks to our Funders, Partners & Sponsors:

Supported by Film Hub Scotand, part of the BFI’s Filma Audience Network

Free condoms & lube supplied by NHSGGC

Digital Desperados is a Scottish registered Charity No SC041566

We are a glitch in the system Our lives deny the lies Our complexity is dissent We fight for love



Thursday 19th March 7 - 9.45pm

GLITCH S’ s G l o ri o u s O p e ning Arrive early to enjoy free hospitality for ticket holders.

Bermudian poet and author Andra Simons performs spoken word, accompanied by video.

QTIPOC SHORTS (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Colour) What I Love About Being Queer | Dir Vivek Shraya | 2012 | 18 mins 23 33 queers look into the camera and candidly tell you what they ‘Love about being queer’

Mitraa | Dir. Ravi Jadhav | India | 2014 | 35 mins

Based on the story, Mitrāchi Goshta (A Friend’s Story, 2001), written by renowned writer Vijay Tendulkar, Mitraa is set in mid 1940s India and concerns a strong young woman’s struggle with her peers views of her sexuality.

Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty | Dir. Patty Berne | USA | 2013 | 33 mins Sins Invalid witnesses a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralising artists of colour and queer and gendervariant artists.

Deviance | Dir. Aron Kantor | USA | 2014 | 5 mins 26 You’ll find perversity in the most mundane of places.

FOLLOWED BY: Vivek Shraya, Toronto based filmmaker, musician and author, sings and reads from his acclaimed book ‘She of the Mountains’, Illustrated by Raymond Biesinger.

L U P E & HOLY FOREST FRIDAY 20th 6.30 - 7.30 pm Dir. Jose Rogriguez Soltero | USA |1966 | 49 mins 5 Holy Forest | Dir. Stella Nostos & Elaine Castillo| UK | 5 min A neglected underground classic charts the multi-faceted life of Mexican actress Lupe Velez. Puerto Rican director Soltero was a significant part of the New York underground film movement and of creating new queer aesthetics that influenced later film directors. Here Lupe’s times of sex work, Hollywood stardom, crushing romance, suicide and ascension to the spirit world are portrayed in a gorgeous colour saturated dime-store baroque. Holy Forest of memory and loss, drifting from the beauty of a tree to an evening Marian procession in the Philippines.

Friday 20th QTIPOC SHORTS 1

8 - 9.30 pm

*Artist and Filmmaker Jamika Ajalon will be present for Q & A BSL interpreted Holy Mother | Dir. Vivek Shraya | Canada | 2014 | 7 min 15

A portrait of motherhood filmed during the 2013 Navaratri festival (the Goddess festival) in India.

Ache in My name | Dir. Vivek Shraya| Canada | 2011 | 2 min 16 Is a name how it’s pronounced or how you pronounce it?

White birch blues | Dir. Jamika Ajalon | France/ USA| 2014 | 1 min 46 Sonic poetry. …I took sanctuary under white birch branch…

Sight | Dir. Thirza Cuthand | Canada | 2014 | 3 min 35

Sight illustrates the story of the filmmaker’s experience with temporary episodes of migraine related blindness and her cousin’s blindness later in life. *contains description of self harm

Trying to Leave My Body | Dir. M. Lamar | USA | 2013 | 5 mins 26 With animation by Sabin Calvert.

{Deliverance} Of A Serpent Daughter Possessed by an Alphabet of Funeral Flowers | Dir. Gui-Gui Yang | USA/UK | 2013 | 14 min 14

This is the tale of a serpent girl. No sooner is she born from the ocean depths than she is accosted by those who fear the power of living beings.

Juck | Concept Cajsa Godee, Emelie Enlund & Tarika Wahlbergc| Sweden | 2013| 3 min 37

JUCK is Swedish for “hump”. JUCK is about freedom of expression, sexuality, having fun and expanding perspectives on femininity and gender.

Fort/ Da | Dir. Joshua Vettivelu | Canada | 2014 | 1 min 51 Freudian sea games from Brighton to the Gibralter Straits.

The locations of the m/othership | Dir. Jamika Ajalon | France/ USA | 2009 | 20 mins

An experimental visual introduction to the idea of black women as Fugitive Archetypes of Resistance using Sci-fi as a reference. Initially a live installation integrating live sounds, with digital video loops – now transformed into a single screen video.

Saturday 21st


QTIPOC SHORTS 2 1 – 2:15 pm Ashes | Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Thailand | 2012 | 20 mins

Ashes contemplates love, pleasure, and the destruction of memory. The surroundings of everyday life are shared with extreme intimacy.

**Vigil 5.4 | Dir. Paul Wong | Canada | 2010 | 8 min 29

At the 2002 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver Paul Wong recorded Rebecca Belmore’s performance commemorating the the lives of missing and murdered aboriginal women who have disappeared from the streets of Vancouver.

Anedonia | Dir. Thirza Cuthand | Canada | 1999 | 9 min 30

*Anhedonia doesn’t play to the back of the church. It shoots directly to the point with poetry and images that evoke controversy in one mind set and passion in another. Depression and suicide are met head on with Cuthand’s honesty. Anhedonia shocks people into opening their eyes to the source of the illness in the Aboriginal community. *Contains descriptions of suicidal thoughts

**A Nation Is Coming | Dir. Kent Monkman | Canada | 1996 | 24 mins …[drawing] upon various Native prophecies to reflect on how technology, ‘advancement’, and disease have changed both the land and the lives of those who lived here. Against images of fire, viruses and the bleakness of modern civilization, a Ghost Dancer is resurrected: a symbol of the ill fated Lakota prophecy that promised the restoration of the vanishing buffalo herds and the traditional way of life.

Saturday 21st QTIPOC SHORTS 3

3:45 – 4:45 pm Purging

I Am the Transcender | Dir. Nicola Desouza | Nepal | 2013 | 2 mins

“Bhumika Shrestha has been incarcerated by the police, threatened with deportation and questioned at airports but she still holds no contempt towards the world.“

On the Road Again | Dir. Azra K | Scotland | 2013 | 9 min 37 The desire for movement & desire itself.

My Asian Boyfriend | Dir. Wayne Yung| Canada | 2006 | 1 min

A toungue in cheek advert on the positives of purchasing an ‘Asian Boyfriend’

Single White Male | Dir. Vivek Shraya | Canada | 2010 | 2 min 20

Vivek Shraya’s first short film, a study of a brown body in (queer) white spaces.

**Shooting Geronimo | Dir. Kent Monkman | Canada | 2011 | 11 min 11 On the gaze of the coloniser and homoeroticism

Purging | Dir. Nebeela Vega | Usa | 2013 | 1 min 32

Nabeela Vega uses a split screen to create tension between simultaneous actions as the artist adorns, effects and purges fluid from their body in a ritual of cleansing and sacrifice. The body is referenced and explored as a temple within Indo-islamic traditions.

When the Kid Was a Kid | Dir. Anahita Ghazvini Zadeh | Iran | 2011 | 17 mins

A group of children living in the same apartment block explore what it means to be an ‘adult’.

Saturday 21st QTIPOC SHORTS 4 & Artists Panel Discussion

The Worlds of Bernice Bing

5:30 – 8:30 pm I’m not your Inspiration: Maki Yamazaki|Dir. Sandra Alland| Scotland|2013|9 min 47

Musician and visual artist Maki Yamazaki discusses visible and invisible disabilities, barriers to access for disabled and trans* artists, and the intersection of race, gender and ability.

Flow|Dir. Yau Ching|China |1993|38 min 40 This experimental documentary uses the life stories of a Chinese woman artist to explore alternatives to dominant versions of history.

The Worlds of Bernice Bing| Dir. Madeline Lim |USA| 2013|35 mins

This poignant documentary is a lush tribute to Bernice Bing, the little known foremother of Asian-American avant garde art. Followed by panel led discussion on how being a queer and/or trans and/or intersex person of colour inter-relates with surviving and thriving creatively. Chair - Zou Zhao Panel: Maki Yamazaki, Raju Rage, Raisa Kabir, and Rosie Lewis

8:30 – 10:15 pm To Be Takei | Dirs. Jennifer M. Kwot, Bill Weber | 2014 | 93 min Short: Looking for Jiro| Dir.Tina Takemoto| USA | 2011 | 5 min 50

Famous for treking beyond the final frontier as Lt. Sulu, this documentary charts actors George Takei’s determined journey through earthly obstacles. As a Japanese American citizen, he was imprisoned as a young child alongside his family in the interment camps set up by the US government during the second World War. These early experiences follow Takei as he navigates the complexities of being simultaneously an Asian American, a gay man, an actor and a political activist never short on puns and panache. Includes outrageous flaming of William Shatner!

Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years

Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years

Looking For Jiro, photo by Maxwell Leung

Sunday 22nd 1 – 2:45 pm Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years 1984-1992 | Dir. Dagmar Schultz| Germany|2012|79 min Short: Berlinherosurban|Dir. Jamika Ajalon| France/ USA| 2013 | 1 min 45

Introduced by Rosie Lewis, a practising artist and projects co-ordinator at the Angelou Centre, a black run women’s centre in Newcastle. Filmed during the final years of her life this documentary focuses on author Audre Lorde’s influential literary and political legacy in Germany, especially its effects within the black German diaspora. As an internationally famous black lesbian writer and political activist Audre Lorde continues to positively affect contemporary queer politics beyond her untimely death from cancer. This film shows playful sides to her, capturing her laughter and times with her partner, as well as revealing her more of her political insights and anger at oppression.

Berlinherosurban: work in progress- experimental documentation of public interven-

tion on street signs in berlin – the names of celebrated colononisers were replaced with names of afro-german artists/activist who lived between the 1930-70s.

3:15 – 4:30 pm The Aggressives | Dir. Daniel Peddle | USA | 2005 | 75 min Documentary shot over five years following six young women of New York who identify as aggressives, which like all queer identities defies easy categorisation: masculine, tough, something of the boi, butch, some pass as male, others as high femme by day…All of them have relation or involvement with the predominantly black ballroom scene. Some of them walk the runway, offering up construction worker realness and taking home trophies.

Sunday 22nd 5 - 7 pm QTIPoC Collective Creativity on Tour – Films, Presentation and Participatory Discussion Session – Navigating QTIPoC Emerging Practices: In Conversation with Collective Creativity. Join Raisa Kabir, Evan Ifekoya and Raju Rage, members of the Collective Creativity Arts Collective from London for a roundtable of documentation, representation and conversations around QT*IPoC emerging practices. *This is a community building sessions that seeks to connect QT*IPoC artists and creatives, to share ideas, space and resources.


7.30 - 8.30pm

*Artist Joshua Vettivelu will be present for Q & A / BSL interpreted Waltzing Tomatoes | Dirs. Coffee + Sponge | UK | 2014 | 4 min 15 A man and a woman hold something fragile and squishy between them.

**60 Unit Bruise | Dir. Paul Wong | Canada | 76 – 2008 | 5 min 25

An occasion and an art piece that still resonates through time with an additional poignancy given the devastation of AIDS. * footage of needles penetrating flesh

Magnetics | Dir. Jeepneys | USA | 2014 | 4 min 43

Magnetics features a mutated alien bird creature dancing between multiple universes, groping for all of our senses though vibrant, permutating landscapes.

The Homecoming: A Short Film About Ajamu | Dir. Topher Campbell | UK | 1997 | 17 mins This film follows and interviews the warm and engaging photographer Ajamu. It highlights the important significance of his skilled photography and his nuanced representation of black gay men.

Future Perfect | Dir. Cameron Cobb | Canada | 2014 | 1 min

Mysterious light-filled nest, interweavings and future predictions. *contains images that may not be suitable with those with light-sensitivity

Sunday 22nd QTIPOC SHORTS 5 Project/ed | Dir. Raju Rage | Uk | 2015 | 4 mins

A haptic moving image narrative consisting of projected archival images depicting South Asian migration onto a gendered non-conforming body.

We Come From Earth, We Come from space | Dir. Black Salt Collective | USA | 8 min 37 Black Salt calls on ancestral and embodied knowledge with the intention of creating vibrant future in which complex identities can co-exist. Originally a performance component this short features footage from 6 hours of tape filmed on location throughout the Southwest and the homesites of one member.

We Come From Earth


Monday 23rd 6.30 - 8pm

Mama Rainbow | Dir. Fan Popo | China | 2012 | 80 Min This documentary features six mothers from all over China, who talk openly and freely about their experiences with their homosexual children. For many Chinese families finding out that their child is queer is a source of grief and frustration. However, with their love, these families are giving a whole new definition to contemporary Chinese family bonds.

8:30 – 10pm Happy Together | Dir. Wong Kar-Wai | China | 1997 | 96 Min A film to be returned to …this profoundly beautiful and award winning film follows the complex relationship dynamics between a gay male couple from Hong Kong. In an attempt to alter the at times fraught exchange of love and pain between them they travel to start anew in Buenos Aires. The interweaving of their frequent breakups and reconciliations and their lives in a country new to them are explored with cinematic virtuosity. Wong Kar-Wai demonstrates a superlative ability to portray a meshing of the passage of time and intense emotion through the cinematic form.

Boi, Oh Boi

Out In The Night Abscence

Tuesday 24th 7 - 8.45pm Out In the Night | Dir. Blair Dorosh – Walther | USA | 2014 | 75 min Shorts: Absence: no fats, no femmes, no Asians | Dir. Celeste Chan | USA | 7 min Red Lips (Cages for Black Girls) |  Dir. Kyisha Williams | USA | 17:47 min Boi Oh Boi Dir. | Thirza Cuthand | Canada | 2012 | 9:32 min On a night out in a gay friendly neighbourhood four young black dykes underwent a homophobic attack. They fought back but were vilified for this in the media as a ‘Gang of Killer Lesbians’ and subsequently imprisoned. This award winning documentary shot over a period of several years follows the struggle of them, their families and community supporters for justice.

Abscence: Fiercely honest, Abscence is a quest – for community, for visibility, for that queer fat API femme-utopia. **Red Lips (Cages for Black girls): black. queer. sexy. slut. cherry. red. locked up. locked down. black. whore. red lips. justice explores black/racialized/criminalized/ queer/trans/ identity and its relationship to the prison industrial complex. It articulates links between interpersonal and systemic violence- while celebrating the (sexy) ways in which we survive and celebrate ourselves. Boi Oh Boi: After a long period in life identifying as a Butch Lesbian, Cuthand con-

siders transitioning to male but after a considerable amount of thought and discussion, Cuthand changed her mind and decided to remain a Butch Lesbian. In a nod to her two spirited ancestors, she mentions that she would have been able to make up her own gender had colonization not happened.

Wednesday 25th 6 - 7.30 pm Purple Skies | Dir. Sridhar Rangayan | India | 2014 | 66 min This insightful documentary looks at the less known and often misunderstood terrain of Indian LGBT community. It weaves together heartrending stories of LGBT people victimised and subjugated by the law, the family and society, as well as hopeful stories of youngsters who have come out of the closet bravely. By placing it in context of the historic struggle of the LGBT community in India, and juxtaposing personal stories with critical analysis of issues by activists and advocates the film offers a compelling inside view of Indian LGBT lives.

Sridhar Rangayan

8 - 9.30 pm Alex and Ali | Dir. Malachi Leopold | USA | 2014 | 84 min In 1967 Alex, a teacher with the US peacecorps,travels to Iran, meets Ali and falls in love. After ten years spent together in Iran the political regime forces Alex to return to the US. Over the next thirty-five years the two men continue to exchange loving letters until deciding to reunite in Istanbul. The nephew of Alex, director Malachi Leopold, accompanies him and documents their reunion.

Will this Change?

Thursday 26th

Chuppan Chupai

6 - 7.30 pm

**Dal Puri Diaspora | Dir. Richard Fung | Canada | 2012 | 80 min Award winning documentary shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India follows the remarkable journey through time and space of this iconic receipe. From the home fires of India Dal Puri travelled with indentured workers to southern Caribbean colonies of the British and Dutch Empires, to Trinidad and on to the USA changing ingredients and identity along the way. A testament to the power of sound, smell and taste to evoke memories… *Audience members will receive a discount voucher for the most excellent & delicious ‘Babu Bombay Street Kitchen’ in West Regent Street. With Thanks to our sponsors Babu Bombay!

8 - 10.15 pm Chuppan Chupai: Hide and Seek | Dirs. Saadat Munir, Saad Khan | Denmark | 2013 | 68 min Short: Will This Change? | Dirs. Anurupa Prakash, Lok Prakash | Bangladesh | 2014 | 27 min

Director Saadat Munir, co-founder of the Aks Film + Dialogue Festival for Sexual Minorities in Pakistan, will be present for Q & A alongside a very special guest. This award-winning documentary follows the lives of four transgender and gay people in contemporary Pakistan. Revealing interviews explore both their pleasures and struggles with love, family, money, campaigning and the laws of the land. This informative and moving film shows Khawaja Sra (the term now preferred to Hijras) keeping alive the practice of traditional dance forms and the giving of blessings. Despite recent important and positive reforms to Pakistani law all who are classed as sexual minorities still face societal prejudice and many are actively engaged in campaigning for changes. Will This Change looks at the lives of a number of transwomen & transgendered people and gay men living in rural Bangladesh, contrasting with the mainly city & Pakistan based Khwaja Sra’s in ‘Chuppan Chappai’.

Friday 27th 5 - 6.15pm Voltrans | Dirs. P.Ula, Dutlu, Özge Özgüner | Turkey | 2014 | 60min

Draft Day

Short: Draft Day |Dir. Josh Kim | Thailand |2013 | 9 min 18 Voltrans takes its name from the first transmen project in Turkey. Many thought provoking, insightful interviews and inspiring DIY community organising create a moving impression of the power of self-organisation. As well as providing a new view into contemporary Turkish society it really shows how a small group of people coming together can change both their own lives and society for the better. In Thailand, all males turning 21 must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption. Drawing a red card results in two years of military service. Draft Day follows two women, who were born as males, as they participate in the drafting process.


6.45 - 8pm

Imbuzi- Why freedom | Dir. Jamika Ajalon| 2014 | France/USA | 4 min 11

Workshop which Jamika Ajalon and artists from the gugulective (Gugulethu, capetown SA) ran in nov 2010…. participants included youth (artists/thinkers) from Capetown and Gugeletu

Badass Nigga | Dir. M. Lamar | 2014 | USA | 4 min 11 Philosophy can be torture. *contains scenes of light BDSM & male nudity

Baldwin’s Nigger | Dir. Horace Ove | Uk | 1968 | 45 mins

In 1969, one year after the assassination of Martin Luther King in the USA, the West Indian Student Centre is crammed with people, mostly black and predominantly male, waiting with palpable excitement to hear the words of esteemed author James Baldwin and comedian Dick Gregory.

Savage | Dir. Wendy James | USA | 2013 |16 mins 9

Sara Maris, a young teacher at a predominantly black high school in Brooklyn. After witnessing her troubled student, James, get beaten by a school officer, she becomes determined to try to save him.

Friday 27th

8:30 – 10 pm

*contains scenes of BDSM & full nudity



12 - 5pm The Open Barbers - For Glitch Audience Members Only - show your ticket Creative Lab, Top Floor - with BSL Interpretation Free haircutting service for all lengths, genders & sexulaities - open to GLITCH audience members only - from the lovely Queer and Trans friendly (& professionally expereinced) Felix & Greygory.

12 - 1.30pm God loves Uganda | Dir. Roger Ross Williams | 2013 | 83 min With Introduction Shown with the support of Ankur Productions This powerful exploratory documentary takes viewers inside the evangelical Christian movement in both the US and Uganda. Through verité, interviews, hidden camera footage and with unprecedented access it juxtaposes this powerful western Christian movement and the consequences it brings to contemporary African culture, specifically Uganda. Promoting an increasing level of homophobia in Ugandan society has devastating consequences not only for LGBTIQ people but for more tolerant Christians who attempt to stand in opposition to this oppression.

2 - 3.30pm Kumu Hina | Dir. Dean Hamer & joe Wilson | Hawai’i | 2014 | 77 mins Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawai’i. During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams? An incredible docu-drama that unfolds like a narrative film, KUMU HINA reveals a side of Hawai’i rarely seen on screen. *contains a short scene where a wild pig is tied up

In the Ladies Lounge



4 - 5pm

*Filmmaker Wayne Yung will be present for a Q&A. BSL interpreted Drone | Dir. Sharlene Bamboat | Canada | 2012 | 1min 53 A performance piece.

Invisible | Dir Topher Campbell | Uk | 2012 | 3 min

A collaboration between the director and choreographer Jean Abreu, INVISIBLE is a meditation on freedom, loneliness, paranoia and surveillance culture.

Speculum orum | Dir. M. Lamar | USA | 2014 | 4 min 31

Speculum Orum refers to a device used on slave ships to hold open the mouths of enslaved Africans and force feed those who refused food. An exploration of the different ways the legacy of this moves through the bodies of white and black people.

I’m Starving| Dir. Yau Ching | China | 1999 | 13 mins

An erotic, consuming hunger that transcends boundaries of space and time informs the relationship between a woman and a ghost who lives with her.

1000 Cumshots | Dir. Wayne Yung | Canada | 2003 | 1 min A fast-paced meditation on race and gay pornography.

In the Ladies Lounge | Dir Fadia Abboud | Australia| 2007 | 12mins

Two Lebanese Australian dykes come across an old poster from Beirut in 1926 of two women dressed in suits.. Some things have changed, some things haven’t.

**Group Of Seven Inches | Dir Kent Monkman | Canada | 2005 | 7 mins 35

Group of Seven Inches borrows from the diaries of 19th century painters of “Indians” George Catlin and Paul Kane, turning their dismissive writings on the “romantic savage” upside down and inside out.

Lonely and Hungry | Dir. Veronica Nguyen | USA/UK | 2013 | 5 min 45 A woman defends herself with her dildo against the law. True Story. *contains a neon coloured backdrop of a masturbating woman

Voguing Train| Dir. Kemar Jewel | USA | 2014 | 3 min 19 The beautiful ballroom of life…Watch the closing doors!



6 - 7.30 pm Gerontophilia | Dir Bruce LA Bruce | 2014 | Canada | 82 mins

A romance, a road movie, a gentle comedy, a tale of love, loss and sexual taboos. Don’t worry – it’s still Bruce La Bruce! Ever had a loved one in stuck in a not so caring institution and wished it could all be different – well this is a film for you…

G L ITC HS ’s C lim a c t ic Cl o si n g 8 - 10pm *With Ms Vaginal Davis Attention – fans! Presentation and analysis of films and occasions past by Ms.Vaginal Davis. Dr. Davis is the internationally revered intersexed doyenne of intermedia arts and sciences. She takes public discourse to Dementia 13 levels as she spells out the queer and blatino experience in her own inimitable fashion creating new words out of thin air and crashing bull-in-a-China-Shop style over notions of propriety and reality. images of Vaginal Davis from

AFTERPARTY 10PM - 12 & 12 - 3am *Join us at the fully accessible Saramago Cafe Bar @ the CCA till the clock strikes midnight then onwards into the night to Houndin’ The Streets at The Flying Duck, sadly not accessible yet. **All print material provided by the distributor, Vtape 452-401 Richmond St. W, Toronto ON M5V 3A8, tel: 416 351-1317, fax: 416 351-1509


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