Wotever DIY Film Festival 2014

Programme Schedule @ The Cinema Museum

Weaving Bones 14:30 -17:30

Performing Bodies (Shorts) 19:00 -20:30

How We Love Each Other 18:30 -20:15

Wot Smut 21:00-22:30

Programme Schedule @ The Cinema Museum

WDIYFF in collaboration with The Sex Workers Open University 14:00 -17:15

Queer Networks 16:00 -18:00

We Love Berlin 18:30 -20:15

Premier of ‘You’ by CN Lester and Performance 21:00

Programme Schedule @ The Cinema Museum

Queer Stories 18:30 – 20:00

Community Spirit 20:30 – 22:00

Programme Schedule @ The Royal Vauxhall Tavern 

Defiance 19:00 – 21:00

Closing Party

WEAVING BONES
A multi-media event featuring film and panel discussions curated by Skye. Resilience, vulnerability, victimisation and freedom of an uncaged people; storytelling and visual archival of queer/trans/gay/bi/genderqueer populations from geographically displaced/minority/black/persons of colour spirits.

Mosa

Mosa, dir. Ana Moreno, South Africa, 2010, 14:40 mins
Mosa’ explores the internal struggle of a South African girl victim of a ‘corrective rape’.

TInzweiwo

Tinzweiwo (Hear Us), Dir. Miles Rutendo Tanhira, Zimbabwe, 2010, 15mins
A plea to be heard – the voices of LGBT persons in Zimbabwe. A marginalised yet determined group of people speaking out against injustices and calling for inclusion, recognition, respect and protection.

Bordered

Bordered, Dir. Onyeka Igwe, 2013, 4mins
Borders inhibit movement, from passage across geographical boundaries to relations between one person to another. Borders forbid, halt, break and stop but they can also be permeated, broken, passed through and dodged. There is always the possibility of movement. Bordered is a performative exploration into the binary relationship between borders and freedom of movement.

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Invisible, Dir. Miles Rutendo Tanhira, 2014. Premiered at Stockholm Pride, 20 mins
(In)visible is a journey through the lives of LGBTQ newcomers whose experiences are often not talked about, yet they exist in Swedish society. Now these individuals are reclaiming space and speaking out. These stories are just a microcosm of the encounters of LGBTQ persons with Swedish establishment officers in municipalities, employment agencies and schools.

Daughters

Daughters of the Revolution, Dir. A Collective in association with Skye Skyetshooki 2014, 15mins (part of an episode)
Herstories – an interactive discussion with multiple voices within queer minority communities. The discourse films queer women/womyn (Filipino, Australian Indian, British, Caribbean, Zimbabwean) conversing about issues stimulating to the mind and are of importance to them and to society. Issues such as identity, body modification by ink (dots), coming out, spiritually, religion, relationships, culture, sexuality, racism etc.

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Veil Of Silence, dir. Habeeb Lawal, Nigeria, 2014, 36mins
On the brink of an impending law that could re-write their destinies,young group of sexual minorities in Nigeria defy all odds in the pursuit of happiness.

Cinderfella

Cinderfella, Dir. George Massey, 2014- 25 mins (Premiere)
The man lay still and dreamed all day.
Dreamed and dreamed his life away.
Dreamed of what he wished to be
People looked, but none could see.
This is a film of what happens when the man sets out to live that dream.

PERFORMING BODIES SHORTS
Clothes, make-up, performance, fantasy, desire – how we imagine, adorn and present our bodies is often key to our gender and sexual identities. Here, queer filmmakers explore the connections between imagination and reality, the mystical and the mundane and how others see us vs. how we see ourselves.

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Dressing Queer, Dirs. Rob Eagle & Anne-Marie Lucas, UK, 2014, 10:59
How does clothing enable us to express and play with gender? Queers Jesse, Isabel and Stokely open their hearts and wardrobes in this thoughtful doc.

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Another Woman’s Scent, Dirs. Angie West & Jackie Nunns, UK, 2014, 02:00
Based on a true story and narrated by poet/artist Sarah Reilly, this sensual short marries the beauty of nature with a woman’s sexual awakening.

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My Crazy Boxers, Dir. Krissy Mahan, USA, 2011, 07:13
Who gets to decide what is normal? A butch dyke recreates an interview experienced during her stay at a psychiatric hospital. Inane responses to non-heteronormativity guaranteed!

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The Great Pretender, Dir. Freddie Pluto, UK, 2013, 02:49
Donning sneakers, snarls and pseudo facial hair, our hero channels Freddie in all their glory. The ultimate music video for anyone who loves dressing up and bopping around their kitchen.

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Flabzilla, Prod. Kayleigh O’Keefe, dir. Bill Rodgers, 2014, UK, 03:20
Subverting the concept of the monstrous fatty and playing with common perceptions of ‘othered’ physique, Flabzilla rises from the sea and attacks the city of London (built entirely from cardboard and packing tape).

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Stop Talking: Suck On My Pear, Dir. Alex Brew, UK, 2013, 07:11
A lesbian stands outside and sucks on a pear. Inspired by, and in response to, work by Norwegian artist Marit Folstad, this simple premise slowly transforms into something altogether more beguiling.

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Change Over Time, Dir. Ewan Duarte, USA, 2013, 07:14
An animated, experimental, personal documentary about the filmmaker’s first year on testosterone from a poetic and impressionistic perspective.

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Female Masculinity Appreciation Society, Dirs. Angie West & Jackie Nunns, UK, 2013, 11.53
‘An evening, all in aid of Female Masculinity, for all of us who are, all of us who want, all of us who live, breathe and play with it….’ – this is a homage to Wotever World’s now iconic night.

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Dance Anywhere Dir. Volha Martynenka, Germany, 2013
Conceived by artist Maeshelle West-Davis as part of a range of world-wide events called ‘You Can Dance Anywhere’, this lifting, joyful doc explores what happens when a group of mostly strangers join to dance together.

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Double Bind, Dirs. Gilivanka Kedzior & Barbara Friedman, France, 2010, 04:07
300 metres of red elastic. Two women. One bond. French performance artists Kedzior and Friedman explore the strength and pain of the tie.

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Waltzing Tomatoes, Coffee+Sponge, 2013, UK 04:15
Inspired by their live art performance, Coffee+Sponge attempt to waltz together over various terrains and conditions while holding tomatoes with their fingertips. A quirky and delightful study on trust, focus and holding on to your tomatoes.

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Being Stavros, dir. Jonothan McLeod, 2013, UK 10:00
Stavros does not embody the typical gay beauty pageant contestant. When he enters the Mr Gay UK competition, things don’t quite go to plan. A hit at international queer film fests, this moving documentary is the story of one man’s unbreakable spirit.

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A Very Queer Romance, Dirs. Vikki Chalkin & Rachael Cooksey, UK, 2014, 03:19
A tribute to two, queer, style iconis and an exploration of questions of queer gender presentation, identity and the visual languages that provide queer visibility.

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Fresh Fruit, Dir. Diane Busittil, Germany, 2013, 0.9:21
Fresh Fruit explores a bored hostesses’s inner yearnings as she tastes a cornucopia of sweet juicy offerings. Her ripe desire whisks her away from the mundane into a world of magical fantasy.

HOW WE LOVE EACH OTHER
Films about queer people and their relationships… falling in and out of love, alternative families, tentative connections and broken hearts.

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Morgan, Dir. Rachel Shenton, UK, 2014, 8.00
When 18 year old Kate meets Morgan, there’s instant attraction. But when she begins to fall for a mysterious stranger as well, she’s plunged into confusion about her sexuality…

Magdas

Magda’s Lesbian Lover, dirs. Elizabeth Obisanya & Will Moore, UK, 2014
Set in an all-girls school in the 1980’s, this is a touching portrayal of young love amidst racism and homophobia.

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Besides Myself, dir. Sandi Hughes, 2009, UK, 04.50
John wants his wife, Shirley, back. Shirley wants her life back. A poignant look at some of the issues faced by those who come out later in life.

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Don’t Stop Believing, dir. Leah Rouse, 2014, UK 13:45
Real Women. Life after death. What do you believe? A drama of love, loss and tangled friendship. Part 1 of a trilogy.

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When Fragile Things Break, dir. Shanika Warren-Markland, 07:28
Heartbreak. Passion. Violence. Tenderness. A woman weeps in a bathtub, oblivious to the running water. Her lover bursts in to help… Will this volatile relationship survive? Beautifully-shot drama.

Brace

Brace, Dirs. Alicya Eyo and Sophy Holland, Prod. Jake Graf, 2014, UK, 24.13
After coming out and leaving his long-term girlfriend, Adam dreams of finding acceptance within London’s gay scene. His burgeoning freedom is soon challenged when he meets Rocky, a handsome stranger who is harbouring a secret that he desperately wants to share with Adam. Precipitated by a cataclysmic event, the truth is forced out with dramatic consequences – can their relationship survive?
Contains scenes of homophobic violence.

Camchat

camchat, dir. Blake Pruitt, 2014, USA, 11:13
A thoughtful and experimental look at online sexual encounters and relationships through one young man’s interactions.

Contains scenes of homophobic violence.

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We ARE Family, dir. Hanna Demel, UK, 2014, 07:54
What ‘counts’ as family? Animation looking at the life of a non-biological co-mum and her family and the challenges they face. Silent film.

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Gloucester City, My Town, dir. Krissy Mahan, USA, 2012 03:57
A butch dyke’s attempt to show what “being a daughter” means in her working class town, complete with cast of vintage Plastic Little People and handmade sets.

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Here At Last, dir. Nicole Britz, 13.10
A personal documentary about one mother’s journey of self-discovery. Exploring themes of identity and courage, this is a warm and uplifting family portrait.

WOT SMUT
Films and a talk about DIY Porno Making and Participating…Why Variety is Important. 9.00-10.30pm (Over 18 Event).

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Finding and Using Unusual Locations
The Library, Sweden, 1:56
Quick use of one of Sweden’s oldest University buildings.
Cruising, Berlin, 11.26
A scene set in the afternoon by the canal

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Political Messages
Bodily Fluids Amongst Safe Partners, London,10.53
Cunts in the C(o)untryside, Sweden, 9.56
Doing a ‘classic gay male cruise scene’ with women and genderqueers.
Trio In Da Woods, Sweden, 12.31
Turning the roles around: Attacker, bully and victim.
Perving 12.31
Jocks and sportswear, muscles playing in the sunshine.

Labia

Humour
Meat, Hard-hitting Hunting season in the Norwegian Woods, Norway, 5:20
Space Labia, Berlin, 9.04
In a dentist’s office…

WDIYFF IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SEX WORKERS OPEN UNIVERSITY
An afternoon of film and discussion focusing on the history of the global sex workers’ rights movement up to the current day.

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Hookers on Davie, Dirs. Janis Cole & Holly Dale, 1984, USA, 1 hr 28 mins
Iconic, seminal work focusing on the lives of sex workers on Davie Street, once a well-known ‘red light’ district in Vancouver. Here, sex workers of all genders, orientations and backgrounds band together to form a community, provide support, and keep Davie Street ‘pimp free’.Shot and directed by Janis Cole and Holly Dale, themselves two ‘street kids’ at the time, this is a sensitive, beautiful, sometimes challenging portrayal of the lives of their friends and community, and of the emergence of a socio-political sex worker movement in Canada.

Siam

Last Rescue in Siam, dir. Empower Foundation, Thailand, 2011 15m.
This short film made by sex workers as a part of Empower report Hit & Run exposing the impact of law and law enforcement, raids and rescues used against sex workers in Thailand and around the world.

HoneyBringer

The Honey Bringer dir. Clare Havell & Vincent Lee, produced by The Sex Worker Open University UK 2012, 32m.
As UN policymakers and politicians meet in Washington for the AIDS conference, sex workers gather in Kolkata India for an alternative summit, the Sex Worker Freedom Festival. Denied entry to the conference in the USA because of their work, sex workers from Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe send a clear message; and it is not victimhood, but power that speaks, to reveal what lies behind the stigmatisation and oppressions of sex workers.
Films will be followed by a discussion led by members of SWOU.

QUEER NETWORKS
Queer filmmaking is an awesome enterprise made better by creating excellent networks. Discuss. This is a totally free opportunity to hang out, share ideas and discuss projects with other queer DIY filmmakers. There will be beer. There will be food. There will be speakers. This event has been kindly sponsored by Looking at You Productions.

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Sophia Satchell Baeza – On Film Reviews and Film Writing
Arts journalist and researcher, doing an AHRC funded PhD in British psychedelic aesthetics at King’s College, London. Interests include expanded cinema, psychedelic art and experimental film.
Vist Sophia’s Blog

mikewyeld

Mike Wyeld – On Building a Team Around Your Work
Mike Wyeld is an award winning sound designer, film maker and educator whose work has screened in festivals the world over. Mike teaches at the Royal College of Art, UCL and elsewhere.
Visit Mike’s Website

Squid

Squid – On Community-Based Grassroots Animation
Squid is a multidisciplinary artist, a drawer of puns, people and places – illustrates, animates, writes (lyrics, stories, songs), draws, teaches and also performs live.
Visit Squid’s Site

jackienunn

Jackie Nunns – On Taking Care of Your Bottom Line
Jackie is co-producer of Looking At You Productions and CEO of Kids’ City, a children’s charity providing childcare in disadvantaged areas of south London
Visit Jackie’s Linkedin

WE LOVE BERLIN!
Two films from Berlin-based filmmakers and collectives examining the challenges faced by the queer community – one from capitalism, commercialisation and assimilation, and one from inter-community politics and relationships.

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Rabbit Holing, dir. James Rosalind, Germany, 2014
A group of friends enjoy a fun weekend country-cottage trip on the edge of a city. A German-speaking neighbour visits and brings a gift. Thereafter things escalate and things change radically. Who is welcome here and who is really queer? Is being regarded more or less as femme negative social currency within queer circles, especially in a Berlin context?

The other side

The Other Side of the Rainbow, dir. Thomas Bartels, Germany, 2013
In “The Other Side of the Rainbow” the stories of four people guide you through a journey of Berlin’s diverse LGBT Community between political activism and conformism. 22-year-old free spirit Isabelle, gay punk Nico, transgender writer and performer Jayrôme C. and, the disabled Mark grant us intimate looks into their lives and encourage us to keep a positive attitude despite of all the stones life throws at you in the way.

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PREMIERE OF ‘YOU’, THE NEW VIDEO BY CN LESTER + PERFORMANCE 
We’re delighted to welcome critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter and long-time LGBT activist, CN Lester, to the Wotever DIY Film Festival for the premiere of their new music video ‘You’. Hailed as a transgender role model by New Statesman and featured on The Independent’s Pink List 2013, CN is well known on the queer arts and performance scene and beyond for being a performer of rare talent. Tonight they’ll screen the new video, made in collaboration with Positive Change Arts Project and Samuel Morgan, and perform a selection of new and old songs.

‘I wrote the song ‘You’ for my audiences as a thank you – so it made sense to make a video that would try to do the same thing…It’s a very simple concept – everyone in the video shows the viewer a word they’ve been called and hurt by, and then shows the camera a word that ACTUALLY describes them. I think there’s something powerful in having to hold someone’s gaze as they tell you how others have tried – and failed – to dehumanise them.’

QUEER STORIES 
Funny, sombre, inspiring – or not: These queer tales and personal narratives from abled and differently abled queers will certainly provoke thought.

Justme

Just Me, Dir. Matthew Kennedy, UK, 2013, 02:54
A short and insightful biography of the filmmaker exploring themes of gender identity and disability through his own unique narrative.

notyourinspiration

I’m Not Your Inspiration 1 (of 3), Dir. Sandra Alland, Scotland, 2013/14, 26:31
Series of documentary shorts on queer and trans* deaf and disabled artists in Scotland, featuring Nathan Gale, Alison Smith and Maki Yamazaki. Explores the intersection of queer, trans* and crip identities; the barriers they face as performers and what ‘inspiration porn’ means to them.

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ME, Dir. Stephanie Mejlaq, UK/Malta, 2013, 07.14
Moving and heartwarming account of coming out on the tiny island of Malta.

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Bestimmt Nicht (Certainly Not), Dirs. Resa-Philip Lunau & Subir Che Selia, Germany, 2014, 20:00
“Forget whatever you believe to know about gender.” Powerful documentary in which five people with different gender positions explain, criticise and demand. Informative, challenging and empowering.

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Gloucester City My Town, Dir. Krissy Mahan, USA, 2012, 03:57
A butch dyke’s attempt to show what “being a daughter” means in her working class town, complete with cast of vintage Plastic Little People and handmade sets.

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I’m Not Your Inspiration 2 (of 3), Dir. Sandra Alland, Scotland, 2013/14, 26:31

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When A Butch Dyke Dies, Dir. Krissy Mahan, USA, 2013, 02:48
In the autumn of 2013 Krissy Mahan nearly died. Through a painkiller-induced haze, she started questioning what would happen if she were to pass. What, for example, would she do with her cocks?

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We ARE Family, dir. Hanna Demel, UK, 2014, 07:54
What ‘counts’ as family? Animation looking at the life of a non-biological co-mum and her family and the challenges they face.

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I’m Not Your Inspiration 3 (of 3), Dir. Sandra Alland, Scotland, 2013/14, 26:31

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And Breathe Dir. Dr J, UK, 2014, 07.00
When you are always fighting for a space to be, when do you get to be you?

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A Very Queer Romance, Dirs. Vikki Chalkin & Rachael Cooksey, UK, 2014, 03:19
A tribute to two, queer, style iconis and an exploration of questions of queer gender presentation, identity and the visual languages that provide queer visibility.

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Amazing Inspiring Video, Dir. Freddie Pluto, UK, 2014, 01.10
Amazing. Inspiring. And Snacking.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Two films from very different places and times featuring LGBT people banding together to create space. In the face of adversity they celebrate their identity and their strength. This evening showcases the true value of having a community you can belong to. Introduction by Tara Brown, festival programmer

Thokozani

Thokozani Football Club (TFC): ‘Team Spirit’, dir. Thembela Dick, South Africa, 2014, 20:00
‘In the dusty streets of Umlazi… one finds the energetic team of young black lesbian soccer players who use sport as a means of ending homophobia in the male dominated soccer grounds. In most of the black townships in South Africa, women soccer players are still not recognized as fully paid players and yet the game is the same. Thokozani Football Club, known as TFC, is a black lesbian team formed by Zanele Muholi in 2008. In South African townships black lesbians become survivors of ‘corrective rape’ and victims of brutal hate crimes. Our friends are being killed, raped because of gender expression and sexuality. Thokozani Qwabe is one of the hate crime victims and was brutally murdered in July 2007 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal. TFC is named after her and the documentary is in her memory. This is our story.’

Brixton

Brixton Fairies: Made Possible By Squatting, dir. Taha Hassan, UK, 2014, 34.00
The film is made up of a series of interviews with South London Gay Liberation Front members, who established a gay community in South London by squatting long-abandoned council properties. They ran the UK’s first Gay Community Centre, the original Pride marches, and also organised many national campaigns of great significance- all from squats on Railton Road. The film is intended to complicate the existing narrative of the progress of the LGBTQ movement in the UK, which has whitewashed out squatting and direct action and focuses entirely on reformist campaigns. Q&A to follow.

DEFIANCE
These films showcase the queers and marginalised who invade, dance, share, celebrate, destroy, travel and live in DEFIANCE. Come show your support at our Closing Night gala at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

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Underground Taboo. Down Town. dir. Rita Ruggeri, 2014, UK, 1.00
Rush hour. London Underground. A giant vagina walks down the stairs.

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Flabzilla, Prod. Kayleigh O’Keefe, dir. Bill Rodgers, 2014, UK, 03:20
Subverting the concept of the monstrous fatty and playing with common perceptions of ‘othered’ physique, Flabzilla rises from the sea and attacks the city of London (built entirely from cardboard and packing tape).

Open

Open Barbers, dir. Dr J, 2014, UK, 03.30
Sing it: ‘ I don’t know much about clothes but my hair looks fierce!’

Dog

Dog, dir. Kate Jessop, UK, 2013 01:56
A young man comes to terms with his sexuality and confronts his bully in his home neighbourhood of Merton (London). Stunning animation specially commissioned for the Southbank Festival of Neighbourhood 2013, adapted from the poem by Richard Scott.

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Out-takes from ‘diRTy’ – a touring experimental solo performance dir. Joey, 2014, UK 06:47
diRTy is a cutting-edge theatrical journey to redemption through some of the darkest nights of the soul – an explosive, visceral portrayal of disintegration. Grotesque, unsettling, unforgettable.

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Female Masculinity Appreciation Society, Dirs. Angie West & Jackie Nunns, UK, 2013, 11.53
‘An evening, all in aid of Female Masculinity, for all of us who are, all of us who want, all of us who live, breathe and play with it….’ – archival homage to Wotever World’s now iconic night.

Forthemessenger

For the Messengers, dirs. Val Phoenix & Jude Cowan Montague, UK, 2011 05:00
Set against a shifting East London backdrop, Jude Cowan reads from her poetry collection, For the Messengers, inspired by her work at the Reuters archive.

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Until Justice Rolls, dir. Krissy Mahan, USA, 2013 03:30
Faggotgirl, a butch dyke superhero action figure, and her friend Robot want to meet for a drink. But The New York City public transportation system is barely accessible for people with different kinds of bodies and their journey is thwarted by stairs, gaps and poorly maintained curbs.

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Pity Me, dir. Val Phoenix, UK, 2010 02:09
A one-shot journey around Alexanderplatz accompanies Bettina Köster’s wistful song.

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We Run This Town, dir. dirty mother, UK, 2014 04:40
What would happen if sex workers went on strike? B-movie about the role of sex work in society.

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[Double Bind] #3 Dir. Gilivanka Kedzior & Barbara Friedman, France, 2013 03:50
Two performance artists, one red lipstick, Russian poetry and many, many kisses. I love your eyes, my darling friend…

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Being Stavros, dir. Jonothan McLeod, 2013, UK 10:00
Stavros does not embody the typical gay beauty pageant contestant. When he enters the Mr Gay UK competition, things don’t quite go to plan. A hit at international queer film fests, this moving documentary is the story of one man’s unbreakable spirit.

Thokozani

Thokozani Football Club (TFC): ‘Team Spirit’, dir. Thembela Dick, South Africa, 2014, 20.00
‘In the dusty streets of Umlazi… one finds the energetic team of young black lesbian soccer players who use sport as a means of ending homophobia in the male dominated soccer grounds. In most of the black townships in South Africa, women soccer players are still not recognized as fully paid players and yet the game is the same. Thokozani Football Club, known as TFC, is a black lesbian team formed by Zanele Muholi in 2008. In South African townships black lesbians become survivors of ‘corrective rape’ and victims of brutal hate crimes. Our friends are being killed, raped because of gender expression and sexuality. Thokozani Qwabe is one of the hate crime victims and was brutally murdered in July 2007 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal. TFC is named after her and the documentary is in her memory.
This is our story.’

BarWotever

Closing Party
Wotever DJs and much merry making!