About

We are very grateful to all the amazing filmmakers and creatives who have submitted their work to the festival, for their patience.

It has been more than a year since we, at QTI Coalition of Colour, set out to organise the queer qandī Journeys and Destinations film fest. A pandemic happened and we ended up cancelling the physical film fest planned for June 2020.

When we initially made a call out we specified films from the Middle East, knowing that this geographical naming of the region is problematic and Eurocentric. The term SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa) has been used by feminist and queer scholars to describe the region in a geographical, decolonial, non-religious and non-Eurocentric way. We recognise that this term too will need to be re-examined and discussed as geographical boundaries will always bring separations and divides. We are aware that the geographical limits for the scope of the festival raise complex issues. Our selection of films includes works made in settler-colonial, LGBTQphobic and misogynist contexts. We acknowledge that these production contexts remain inherently problematic. We have carefully selected all the films on a case by case basis. We believe the films, work to destabilise flattening narratives of the region.

Furthermore, we recognise that not all individual creatives in the region have the privilege of being able to source independent funding, produce films, share their narratives, or have their films screened inside or outside the region. We are also aware that any process of participation and selection may lead to a lack of diversity in representation of experiences; from the representation of ethnic minorities and racialised groups in the region to the intersection of ability and queer identities. We realise that the complexity of queer SWANA identity can not be represented by one film festival but we hope that this festival helps to create nuances in the representation of some of the queer SWANA identities.

Our definition of journeys includes transcending and crossing of borders and barriers whether they are in the form of nations and places or bodies and identities.

We would like to ask the members of the audience who do not speak the original language used in the films, to note that some of the languages spoken in the SWANA region do not make any distinction between the singular nominative pronouns he and she. Instead, they use a singular gender-neutral nominative case. However, the use of the English language in the subtitles has negated this nuance.

If you wonder what qandī means, please visit this page.

Programme
Scriptwriting workshop for
LGBTQI+ youth

Thursday 15th October 2020

Q&A
and panel discussion

Saturday 17th October 2020 Recordings

Q&A
and panel discussion

Sunday 18th October 2020 Recordings

Barbo
Barbo, 2019

Country: Turkey

Genre: Fiction

Language: Turkish. English subtitles

Director: Nicolas Jakubiak

Duration: 19 mins 58 seconds

Collage
Collage, 2019

Country: Iran

Genre: Fiction

Language: Farsi. English subtitles

Director: Sadeq Es-haqi

Duration: 14 mins

Explicit
Explicit, 2019

Country: Iran

Genre: Fiction

Language: Farsi. English subtitles

Director: Farshad Bagheri

Duration: 13 mins 37 seconds

Hard Shadow
Hard Shadow, 2019

Country: Iran

Genre: Fiction

Language: Farsi. English subtitles

Director: Neda Khanifar

Duration: 3 mins 20 seconds

Houwa
Houwa, 2018

Country: Lebanon

Genre: Experimental

Language: Arabic. English subtitles

Director: Joseph Gebrael, Andrew Gebrael

Duration: 4 mins 44 seconds

Inside
Inside..., 2019

Country: Iran

Genre: Experimental

Language: No dialogue

Director: Seyed Abdolrahim Ghatali

Duration: 10 mins 3 seconds

Iris
Iris, 2019

Country: Turkey

Genre: Documentary

Language: Turkish. English subtitles

Director: Volkan Güleryüz

Duration: 20 mins

Once I Tried to Kiss
Once I Tried to Kiss, 2019

Country: Turkey

Genre: Experimental

Language: No dialogue

Director: Sena Özaydın, Bengisu Şimşek

Duration: 1 mins 20 seconds

Our Pain
Our Pain, 2020

Country: Iran

Genre: Fiction

Language: Farsi. English subtitles

Director: Mahtab Pishghadam

Duration: 9 mins 15 seconds

Reza's Wish
Reza's Wish, 2019

Country: Iran

Genre: Fiction

Language: Farsi. English subtitles

Director: Saeid Nemat

Duration: 14 mins 58 seconds

The Sea Runs Thru My Veins
The Sea Runs Thru My Veins, 2019

Country: Germany

Genre: Essayistic poetic short

Language: Farsi, Hebrew, German. English subtitles

Director: Zarah Zandieh

Duration: 20 mins

This Day won't Last
This Day won't Last, 2020

Country: Tunisia

Genre: Documentary

Language: Arabic. English subtitles

Director: Mouaad el Salem

Duration: 25 mins 46 seconds

Until the Morning
Until the Morning, 2019

Country: Israel

Genre: Documentary

Language: Hebrew. English subtitles

Director: Itay Akirav

Duration: 10 mins 46 seconds

Wild Grass
Wild Grass, 2019

Country: Turkey

Genre: Fiction

Language: Turkish. English subtitles

Director: Doğuş Minsin

Duration: 10 mins 43 seconds

This little father obsession
This Little Father Obsession, 2016

Country: Lebanon

Genre: Documentary

Language: Arabic, French. English subtitles

Director: Selim Mourad

Duration: 103 mins

Haki Fadi
Haki Fadi, 2017

Country: UK/Palestine

Genre: Documentary

Language: Arabic. English subtitles

Director: Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration

Duration: 30 mins 40 seconds

Le Coup
Le Coup, 2016

Country: Lebanon

Genre: Poetic Short

Language: No Dialogue

Director: Jacky Nassour

Duration: 11 mins 01 seconds

Thank you!

This festival had not been possible without your help and support:
Miriam, Amonida, Jana, Danny, Misha, Dina, Jade, Tugba, Di, Morwan, riham, Evelyn, JC, Kathryn, Ange, Richard and Ed.
Thank you for your guidance Nour, Nof.

Partners

queer qandī Journeys and Destinations film fest is happy to have Dina Nagapetians and Misha Yakovlev from ‘Queer’ Asia as guest curators. ‘Queer’ Asia is a collective of researchers and activists, working to build a global platform from which to challenge dominant ideas, forms, and representations of gender and sexuality. Reach out to ‘Queer’ Asia on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

queer qandī Journeys and Destinations Film Fest has been made possible thanks to collaboration with Encompass Network, The Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement and lgbtQ+@CAM at the University of Cambridge and with sponsorship from National Lottery’s 25th Anniversary.

Contact

Festival producers:

Elmira Zadissa (She/Her)

Ramona Zadissa (They/Them)

Festival poster by: @spcpnc
Website by: Jana Awada