Scottish Queer International Film Festival announces full 2018 programme
- Katharine Gemmell
- 25 October 2018
SQIFF 2018 will include a focus on Queer East Asian and Arab cinema, a virtual reality project, and has a strong intention to represent marginalised voices
The full programme for the fourth annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival has just been announced, with a clear focus on Queer East Asian and Arab cinema, and an innovative exploration into Virtual Reality Projects to tell LGBTQ+ stories. The festival opens on Wednesday 5 December at the Glasgow Film Theatre with contemporary international LGBTQ+ shorts series VISIBLE, an exploration of QTIPOC (queer trans intersex people of colour) histories. Closing the festival on Sunday 9 December is the Scottish premiere of White Rabbit, a lesbian romantic comedy about an artist and the people she meets while working handy(wo)man jobs on peer-to-peer website TaskRabbit.
As a focus for this year's festival, Arab cinema will have a spotlight shining on it through a selection titled Queer Arab Lives, curated by Samar Ziadat in partnership with the zine and Festival of Arab womxn's art, Dardishi. The other major focus, East Asian cinema, will be represented through screenings of Alifu the Prince/ess (Dec 9), a work about a trans women in Paiwan who reveals her truth to her father, and The Story of the Stone (Dec 8), a tale from classical Chinese literature queered through the lens of Taipei's gay community today.
Other highlights of the full programme announcement include a reexamination of the classic movie The Wizard of Oz (Dec 7), in which it is argued that Dorothy and her friends are an allegory for asexuality. Another take on a classic is Madeleine Olnek's Wild Nights With Emily (Dec 8) which has SNL's Molly Shannon as the great American poet Emily Dickinson who indulges in lesbian sex to resist the patriarchy.