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Iris Prize: Best of British: Resilience (adv18)

Iris Prize: Best of British: Resilience (adv18)

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.

 

IRIS - Programme schedule:

Thursday 7 October 
11am - IRIS PRIZE: BEST OF BRITISH: DARK DAYS
2pm - IRIS PRIZE: BEST OF BRITISH: SMILE
6pm - IRIS PRIZE: BEST OF BRITISH: RESILIENCE
8pm - IRIS PRIZE: NOT KNOWING

Sunday 10 October
3.30pm & 7.30pm - IRIS: REBEL DYKES
6pm - IRIS: REBEL - TALK

Prices:

£7 / £6

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