Mon 1 January 0001 - Thu 7 October 2021
UK | 2021 | 58’ | adv18 | various
A poetic proclamation of lesbian identity, a moving documentary portrait of an estranged son, a heartbroken divorcee finding happiness, a story of hope and pride on the war-torn streets of Tripoli, and two young men from one of the tougher parts of London experiencing an all-too-brief moment of intimacy. These five short films are for those who survive and thrive, whatever the circumstances.
Lesbian (Dir. Rosemary Baker | 5mins)
Written by British-Syrian writer Lisa Luxx, Lesbian is a poem about the word itself and the decades of toxic connotations it’s acquired. Adapted into a film by Rosemary Baker and featuring a cast of real queer women this is a fierce call to arms to reclaim it.
Three Letters (Dir. Ian Smith | 7mins)
Following the deaths of his stepmother and grandmother, disability and LGBTQA+ rights campaigner Paul Davies attempts to write to the father he feels rejected by, hoping to find resolution and peace.
Acrimonious (Dir. Olivia Emden | 14mins)
A sudden divorce wrenches gay, working-class born Emeka out of a decade-long hiatus living the middle-class dream, landing him back in the childhood council house he hoped he'd left behind.
Baba (Dir. Sam Arbor & Adam Ali | UK | 18mins)
Living in the tunnels beneath Tripoli a queer Libyan teenager, Britannia, dreams of escape to a better life, but an unexpected discovery forces him to question whether to stay or flee from his homeland and his friends.
Split Sole (Dir. Barnaby Boulton | 14mins)
In the housing estates of London’s urban sprawl two young men (Daniel Larkai and Taz Skyler) text one another to arrange a clandestine meeting on the stage of an empty theatre.
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