Exhibition Opening 'Kütmaan' + 'Mr. Gay Syria'
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Exhibition Opening 'Kütmaan' + 'Mr. Gay Syria'

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17.00 - 19.00 | Exhibition Opening
Bradley Secker

In the upper foyer of De Balie we present the photo series Kütmaan and Mr. Gay Syria from Istanbul based photographer Bradley Secker. Secker's work often focuses on the consequences of social, political, and military actions, with a primary focus on the individual. He often covers stories on the way personal identity shapes lives in challenging and unexpected ways. 

Click here for more information on the artist.


 

كتمان / Kütmaan
- means hidden or concealed in Arabic

This is an ongoing series of portraits documenting individuals in Turkey and Syria seeking asylum based on their sexuality or gender identity. The series also follows LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Kurds as they struggle for their rights in the LGBT and Kurdish movements, in south-eastern Turkey. 

The work comprises photographs from multiple projects and is a continuation of Iraq's unwanted people, a photo reportage on Iraqi men seeking resettlement on grounds of sexuality in Damascus, Syria in 2010. This ongoing series forms part of a long-term documentary on LGBT identity in the Middle East.

Originating from Iraq, Syria and Iran, hundreds of individuals have applied for resettlement overseas, based on sexuality or gender identity grounds. They are currently in Turkey, Syria and other counties in the region, waiting for their cases to be processed and to be moved to the next country. 

Kütmaan attempts to portray the waiting, the uncertainty, and the highs and lows of the resettlement experience in both countries, and the lives that are lived during those unknown months and years. As numerous factors continue to rip their countries and the wider region apart, LGBT refugees manage to find each other and unite in exile, despite their differences. 

All the individuals depicted in these images have been displaced due to their sexuality and/or gender identity. 


 

Mr. Gay Syria

2016 marks the first edition of Mr. Gay Syria, a contest to find a candidate to represent the country in the annual Mr. Gay World contest, which aims to advance LGBT rights globally through a chosen candidate. 

At the time of the shoot the Syrian conflict was in its fifth year. Those forced to flee Syria have long since formed diaspora communities around the Middle East and further abroad. Istanbul has become one of the main centres of Syrian culture and life in exile, and is also home to a growing community of LGBTI Syrians standing up and asserting their identities and their rights. 

Hussein Sabat was the winner of the Mr. Gay Syria contest, held in Istanbul, Turkey. This story follows Hussein and the four other brave competitors in the community, from the competition in Istanbul to Malta for Mr. Gay World 2016. 

This isn't just a story on the search for Mr. Gay Syria, it's a story about a movement of individuals forming a community and empowering themselves and each other in exile. This is a story about resilience in the face of fear, and unity amid increasing polarisation and sectarianism.

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Opening Ceremony + film screening: I Dream In Another Language
Dec
6
7:30 PM19:30

Opening Ceremony + film screening: I Dream In Another Language

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19:30 | Opening ceremony +
I Dream In Another Language

Ernesto Contreras

A young linguist travels to the Mexican jungle to research and save a mysterious indigenous language on the verge of extinction due to a fight between the last two speakers. He uncovers a secret, concealed by the language.


 

Country: Mexico, Netherlands
Year: 2016
Duration: 103 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish, Zikril
Subtitles: English


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WTF Queer Night / IQMF
Dec
6
to Dec 7

WTF Queer Night / IQMF

WTF Queer Night / IQMF
Location: Vrankrijk
Spuistraat 216
Open: 22:00 - 01:00
Entrance: €3
 
WTF Queer Night / IQMF
WTF Wednesday creates a safe queer space with a mixture of visual and performance artists, musicians and local drag kings and queens. This night we celebrate the opening of IQMF festival with several performances.

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The Wound (Inxeba)
Dec
6
10:00 PM22:00

The Wound (Inxeba)

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22.00 | The Wound (Inxeba)
John Trengove

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.


 

Country: South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France
Year: 2016
Duration: 88 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Xhosa
Subtitles: English
 

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Refugee Dinner
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Refugee Dinner

18.00 | €27,50 incl. film ABU (Father)
Refugee Dinner

Language: English/Dutch

How does a LGBT-refugee rebuild a life in the Netherlands? During this dinner these new Dutch residents share a table with their fellow countrymen. The evening is focused on connection and exchanging experiences. In between the courses there are talks on the short film House, Tree, Animal. After dinner we will move to the main room for a screening of ABU by Arshad Khan.

New Dutch residents: free. Please apply with lara@iqmf.nl. Other guests pay €27,50, this includes a two course dinner and a ticket for the film. The programme is a collaboration of IQMF and Secret Garden.

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Apricot Groves + Q&A
Dec
7
6:30 PM18:30

Apricot Groves + Q&A

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18.30 | Apricot Groves  + Q&A
Pouria Heidary Oureh

Aram, the Iranian Armenian youth who has immigrated to the US in childhood returns to Armenia for the first time to propose to an Armenian girlfriend whom he met and lived with in the US. Aram sees many cultural, religious, and national differences on the one-day trip, but harder obstacles are ahead.

In attendance of filmmaker Pouria Heidary Oureh.


 

Country: Armenia
Year: 2016
Duration: 80 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Armenian
Subtitles: English

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ABU (Father) + Q&A
Dec
7
8:15 PM20:15

ABU (Father) + Q&A

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20.15 | ABU (Father) + Q&A
Arshad Khan

Pakistani gay filmmaker Arshad Khan examines his troubled relationship with his devout, Muslim father Abu and their struggle with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration to Canada. He uses family footage, classic Bollywood films  and animation to introduce viewers to the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism, and modernity and familiarity.

In attendance of filmmaker Arshad Khan.


 

Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Duration: 81 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Urdu, Punjabi
Subtitles: No subtitles

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Chronic + Q&A
Dec
7
10:10 PM22:10

Chronic + Q&A

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22.10 | Chronic + Q&A
Mohamed Moe Sabbah

Omar, a photographer, has a special experience with death, which he tries to express through a new project. He invites three models to his studio. His "project" is not only about the photos. He spends the day manipulating his visitors, playing with them, provoking them and putting them in danger.  A story of sex, love and trauma in the city of Beirut.

In attendance of filmmaker Mohamed Moe Sabbah.


 

Country: Lebanon
Year: 2017
Duration: 89 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

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Genderqueer KIKI
Dec
7
to Dec 8

Genderqueer KIKI

Genderqueer KIKI
Location: Getto
, Warmoesstraat 51
Open: 22:00 - late
Free entrance

Soulfood, cocktails, tea, salacious gossip, fine music, art and performance, a marvelous party where everyone is welcome to fight ennui, relax and celebrate the fabulousness of all the colours in the gender rainbow.

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TranScreen presents Upon the Shadow
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

TranScreen presents Upon the Shadow

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18.00 | SPECIAL PROGRAM: TranScreen presents

TranScreen Film Festival is a multi-day film festival in Amsterdam with international films on trans* and gender diverse narratives. At IQMF, TranScreen presents the film Upon the Shadow.


 

Upon the Shadow
Nada Mezni Hafaiedh

In 2013, Amina Sboui, who was 18 at the time, posted a photo of herself on Facebook, bare-chested with the text ‘My body is mine and not the source of other people’s honour.’ written on her chest. This was the first FEMEN protest in Tunisia. Her following arrest caused a worldwide array of protests, which resulted in her release. Three years later we visit Amina in the house that she shares with a group of LGBT friends. Rejection by family and society, and the pain that accompany this, form a constant thread running through their lives.

 

Country: Tunisia
Year: 2017
Duration: 80 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

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ABU (Father) + Q&A @ Humanity House, The Hague
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

ABU (Father) + Q&A @ Humanity House, The Hague

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In collaboration with Fonds1818 and the Canadian Embassy. Send an email to info@canada.nl if you want to attend this screening. 

20.15 | ABU (Father) + Q&A
Arshad Khan

Pakistani gay filmmaker Arshad Khan examines his troubled relationship with his devout, Muslim father Abu and their struggle with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration to Canada. He uses family footage, classic Bollywood films  and animation to introduce viewers to the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism, and modernity and familiarity.

In attendance of filmmaker Arshad Khan.


 

Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Duration: 81 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Urdu, Punjabi
Subtitles: No subtitles

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The Wound (Inxeba) @ Bijlmer Parktheater
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Wound (Inxeba) @ Bijlmer Parktheater

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22.00 | The Wound (Inxeba)
John Trengove

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.


 

Country: South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France
Year: 2016
Duration: 88 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Xhosa
Subtitles: English
 

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Girl Unbound + after talk
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Girl Unbound + after talk

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20.00 | Girl Unbound + after talk
Erin Heidenreich

In Waziristan, “one of the most dangerous places on earth”, Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban by disguising as a boy, so she can play sports freely. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her family. Undeterred, they continue to fight for freedom.

Film followed by after talk, moderated by Isjed Hussain.


 

Country: United States
Year: 2016
Duration: 80 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Pashtu, Urdu
Subtitles: English

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Debate | Queer Activism
Dec
8
9:00 PM21:00

Debate | Queer Activism

21.00 | Debate: Queer Activism
Language: English | Entrance: free

 

In what way can activism change your life? Prior to the film Grey Violet – Odd One Out, we interview four queer-activists on their work and the influence it has had on their life. Some of them have to flee their own country and have rebuilt their life in the Netherlands. Do they still have hope for the LGBT community in their own country? And what advice do they have for the Netherlands?

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Grey Violet – Odd One Out + HALF A LIFE + Q&A
Dec
8
10:00 PM22:00

Grey Violet – Odd One Out + HALF A LIFE + Q&A

22.00 | Grey Violet – Odd One Out
+ HALF A LIFE + Q&A

In attendance of filmmakers Reetta Aalto and Tamara Shogaolu.

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Grey Violet – Odd One Out
Reetta Aalto

Grey Violet, an educated mathematician and political activist, who is not a “he”, nor “she”, but “they”, is among the people to flee Russia due to the outburst of ultra conservative values and patriotic fanatics. Grey Violet’s mother reflects on the experiences of protecting her child who flees neo-conservative groups to Finland.

Country: Finland
Year: 2017
Duration: 54 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Finnish, Russian
Subtitles: English

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HALF A LIFE
Tamara Shogaolu

After a traumatic encounter, a young, gay Egyptian joins the LGBTIQ rights movement. He must choose whether to stay in the country he loves or seek asylum elsewhere as a refugee. HALF A LIFE is a timely story of activism and hope, set in the increasingly dangerous and oppressive social climate of Egypt today.

Country: United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 12 min
Genre: Documentary, Animation, Short
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

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Pera x IQMF The Party
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Pera x IQMF The Party

Pera x IQMF the Party
Location: Paradiso Amsterdam, Weteringschans 6-8
Open: 23.30-05.00
Entrance: €12,50 ,- (including membership Paradiso)

Club Pera invites IQMF for a night of sweaty beats in a sticky room. Openminded queer party with Pink Istanbul residents. Meet IQMF’s programming team and all the fabulous guests at this steaming party!

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Children - Short Films + Q&A
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

Children - Short Films + Q&A

12.00 | SHORT FILM PROGRAM | Children Shorts

The demand to conform to a binary gender system and a heterosexual norm prove challenging for children and youth who do not fit the mold. The short films feature young protagonists in the midst of self-discovery as well as rebellion toward the narrow societal attitudes toward gender stereotypes and sexuality.

In attendance of filmmaker Lucas van der Rhee.


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Shala + Q&A

João Inacío

Shala is the story about Pedro, a young boy living in an orphanage in the Amazon, who has a hard time being adopted because of several prejudices from adoptive parents. Pedro creates situations to draw the potential parents’ attention, while cherishing his imaginary friendship with his only toy, a doll named "Shala."

Country: Brazil
Year: 2016
Duration: 11 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: English

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Escaping Agra

Pallavi Somusetty

Non-binary college student Naveen chronicles their experience of being illegally detained by their parents in Agra, India after their gender and sexual orientation are revealed. Naveen gives a firsthand account of the tribulations they had to undergo in the quest to live a life they could truly call their own.

Country: United States
Year: 2016
Duration: 24 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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I Don't Like Her

Javad Daraei

Eli is caught in crossfire between living out her true gender identity and her parents’ resistant attitudes. The constant taunts both at home and at school reduce her to tears, but she finds power within to fight back for her right of self-expression.

Country: Iran
Year: 2016
Duration: 20 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Persian
Subtitles: English


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Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister)

Lia Hietala

Cleo joins her older sister Gabbi and her girlfriend Majken on a roadtrip to their summer cabin. During the trip Gabbi and Majken struggle to find out if Cleo is in love with a boy or a girl. A story about emerging sexuality and the ability to gain and lose trust for one another.

Country: Sweden
Year: 2017
Duration: 15 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Swedish
Subtitles: English

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Child's Play (Çocuk Oyuncağı

Gizem Bayıksel

Becoming an adult begins with moving out from your parents' house. While leaving the house, Derin hides an adult secret in the toy-box filled with her childhood memories. We step into adulthood sometimes voluntarily, sometimes involuntarily and it gradually expands with inevitable confrontations.

Country: Turkey
Year: 2014
Duration: 5 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English

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ELIAS + Q&A

Lucas van der Rhee

WORLD PREMIERE

Elias doesn’t feel understood or seen in Ijmuiden where he works at the fishing tackle. He misses his parents after their departure for Turkey. When his brother, Kemal, rents their parents' bedroom, Tom comes to live with them. Seen first as an intruder, Tom turns out to help Elias in his journey to discover himself.

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Duration: 13 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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African Shorts
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

African Shorts

12.00 | SHORT FILM PROGRAM | African Shorts

The African Shorts programme brings forth stories of LGBTIQ individuals within an African context. What does it mean to live in a society where you are ostracized because of your gender expression or sexual orientation? Struggles with family relations and belonging also come into play.

In attendance of filmmaker Isaac Matovu.


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Reluctantly Queer

Akosua Adoma Owusu

The epistolary short film invites the viewer to witness the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man, as he struggles to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana.

Country: Ghana
Year: 2016
Duration: 8 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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From the Same Soil

Nicky Newman

The film portrays the lives of two gay men and a transgender woman who have applied for refugee status in South Africa. Despite legal protection of LGBTIQ individuals, Flavina, Mussa and Junior encounter stigmatization, persecution and violence, which turn them into human rights activists.

Country: South Africa
Year: 2015
Duration: 29 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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Dance with the Maiden (Sina Nomakotshana)

Thishiwe Ziqubu

Nolwandle, the apple of her minister father’s eye, feels lost in between the pressures of her religious family and her feelings for her contemporary dance partner, Khwezi. Confrontations cannot be avoided in this coming out story during a traditional Zulu initiation.

Country: South Africa
Year: 2016
Duration: 26 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: English, Zulu
Subtitles: English


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Impunity + Q&A

Isaac Matovu

Despite the court ruling against the famous anti-gay bill, the LGBTIQ community in Uganda is in constant risk of violence and discrimination. The documentary portrays the government’s attempts to legally disenfranchise sexual minorities while the masses decide to take the law in their own hands with impunity.

Country: Uganda
Year: 2017
Duration: 26 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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IQMF presents IQMF Academy
Dec
9
12:30 PM12:30

IQMF presents IQMF Academy

12.30 | IQMF presents IQMF Academy | Entrance: free

Have you always wanted to connect with the IQMF Academy participants? Now is your chance, as this special screening showcases a diverse set of films by IQMF Academy participants. It is a unique opportunity to see short films by up-and-coming filmmakers, who are committed to queer and migrant topics.

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HOMØE - Looking For Shelter + The Migrant Mixtape + Q&A
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

HOMØE - Looking For Shelter + The Migrant Mixtape + Q&A

14.00 | HOMØE - Looking For Shelter + The Migrant Mixtape

In attendance of filmmaker Bin Chen.

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HOMØE - Looking For Shelter (HOMØE - Auf der Suche nach Geborgenheit) + Q&A
Bin Chen

The documentary follows the lives of three individuals fleeing persecution and discrimination: Javid from Azerbaijan, who pursues political activism; Boris from Russia who has found his place in Germany’s first shelter for LGBTIQ refugees; and Melissa from Syria who encourages other refugees through her art.

Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 56 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, German
Subtitles: English

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The Migrant Mixtape (La Cassette Migrante)
Elie Jean Tahchi

Arab LGBTIQ individuals send Helem Montreal the Migrant Mixtape, a series of recorded letters. They are asking for support to seek asylum in Canada in order to escape persecution and homophobic violence in their country of origin. One of them, Adib Mardini, tells us about the process that changed his life.

Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Duration: 22 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: Arabic, English, French
Subtitles: English

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Massimadi Festival presents Le festival restera au placard + Paris Is Voguing
Dec
9
2:15 PM14:15

Massimadi Festival presents Le festival restera au placard + Paris Is Voguing

14.15 | SPECIAL PROGRAM: Massimadi Festival presents

Massimadi Festival is a film festival from Brussels, which focuses on Africa and her diasporas. During IQMF the festival will screen two films. Prior to the screening Marthe Djilo Kamga, the founder of Massimadi Festival, introduces the program.


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Le festival restera au placard
Valérie Bah

A short documentary on the politically motivated media storm and homophobia that led to the cancellation of the first edition of the Massimadi Festival in Port-au-Prince organized by the Haitian Association Kouraj in September 2016.

Country: Haiti
Year: 2016
Duration: 21 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: French, Haitian Creole
Subtitles: English


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Paris is Voguing
Gabrielle Culand

Lasseindra Ninja and Stéphane Mizrahi are two French pioneers of Voguing, a dance created in the 1970s within the gay community of Harlem, NYC. Their mission is to transmit this part of queer culture to the youth of the French suburbs by teaching their "children" to dance, to be elegant, but also to be proud.

Country: France
Year: 2016
Duration: 64 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: French
Subtitles: English

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Debate | Homeless LGBTIQ Youth + film screening: Rats That Eat Men
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

Debate | Homeless LGBTIQ Youth + film screening: Rats That Eat Men

15.00 | Debate Homeless LGBTIQ Youth +
film screening: Rats That Eat Men

Language: English/Dutch | Entrance: free

The film Rats That Eat Men is our starting point for this discussion with Dinah Bons, on the issues concerning LGBTQI homeless people. Bons is trans coordinator for the Dutch Union for sex workers and is committed to supporting LGBTIQ homeless people in Amsterdam. Part of her work is the Out on the streets project of the municipality of Amsterdam which catalogues the situation of the LGBTQI+ homeless people.


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Rats That Eat Men
Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman

Rats That Eat Men is a short film about a gay, Ugandan physiotherapist and a young, Polish labourer who discover they're squatting in the same dilapidated London townhouse. Unable to escape each other's presence they warm to one another’s quirks and try their best to help each other cope with very different struggles.

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2015
Duration: 17 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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Asian Shorts + Q&A
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

Asian Shorts + Q&A

16.00 SHORT FILM PROGRAM | Asian Shorts

The films within the Asian Shorts program focus on the diverse experiences of Asian-born individuals who strive to challenge gendered stereotypes, combine their gender expression with parenting, and stand up to structural violence that manifests as police brutality toward LGBTIQ individuals.

In attendance of filmmakers Anouk Houtman and Alice McDowell.


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Across Gender + Q&A

Anouk Houtman

Across Gender is an ethnographic film about the negotiation of visibility of trans people in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Focusing on personal experiences of different people who ‘cross gender’, it shares the experiences and societal views of LGBTIQ activists, drag performers, and students of an Islamic school for trans women.

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2016
Duration: 24 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English, Indonesian
Subtitles: English

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The director will be present for a Q&A.

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Anouk Houtman is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and has a background in visual anthropology and gender studies. After her bachelor’s in Amsterdam, she continued with an MA in visual anthropology in Leiden where she started using the camera professionally for the first time. During her fieldwork in Indonesia, Anouk made an ethnographic film called Across Gender, which focuses on the negotiation of visibility when one ‘crosses gender’ in Yogyakarta. This project inspired her to follow this up with an MA in gender studies, which she recently finished. Anouk has a wide range of interests but is especially passionate about projects dealing with activism, feminism, gender, sexuality and power relations. She is interested in people’s personal stories and experiences and believes film is a tool for social change.


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As Human As I Am + Q&A

Alice McDowell

Sexual and gender minority groups around the world face many forms of discrimination and persecution. As Human as I Am documents stories and strategies from LGBTIQ communities in Nepal, Malawi and Fiji, as they campaign for recognition, protection and inclusion.

Country: Ireland
Year: 2017
Duration: 30 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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The director will be present for a Q&A.

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Alice McDowell is a documentary filmmaker working both locally and internationally in the areas of human rights and democracy. Her films have explored a range of themes, including LGBTI rights, female genital mutilation (FGM), feminism and Islam and money in politics. In recent years, she has collaborated with the Ishka Films, the Galway Film Centre and Galway UNESCO City of Film, and her work has been commissioned by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the Irish Film Board, the Simon Cumbers Media Fund and Science Foundation Ireland.


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May I Help You

Yamin Oo

"May I help you" is the slogan of the Myanmar police, but it does not apply to everyone, as LGBTIQ individuals are harassed by the police all over the country. In this investigative documentary, victims of police harassment voice their experiences with structural discrimination.

Country: Myanmar
Year: 2017
Duration: 26 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: Burmese
Subtitles: English


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TransParent

Adel Clemente

For fear of being rejected as a transgendered woman, an overseas Filipino worker father hasn't returned to her family in 10 years. One day, she finally gets the courage to come home. Will her family accept her?

Country: Philippines
Year: 2016
Duration: 10 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Tagalog
Subtitles: English

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Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
Dec
9
4:00 PM16:00

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

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16.00 | Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things
Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa

As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTIQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.

Country: Canada
Year: 2016
Duration: 71 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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Debate | Representing the queer/migrant community: who talks for who?
Dec
9
4:15 PM16:15

Debate | Representing the queer/migrant community: who talks for who?

16.15 | Debate: Representing the queer/migrant community: who talks for who?
Language: English/Dutch | Entrance: free

Who is the best representative of the queer & migrant community? As a festival we want to keep a critical gaze inwards as well and we also wonder who has a right to speak at any given time. We will explore this based on the following 2 statements: White LGBTIQ individuals are not equipped to represent queer people of color; Heteros should do more to support the emancipation of the LGBTIQ community.

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Tale of the Lost Boys
Dec
9
6:15 PM18:15

Tale of the Lost Boys

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18:15 | Tale of the Lost Boys
Joselito Altarejos

The friendship between Alex the Filipino and Jerry the Taiwanese aborigine begins as Alex arrives in Taipei from Manila. They quickly become friends and go on a road trip to Jerry’s hometown, which makes the two connect and reconnect with their respective mothers and realize a certain sense of identity.


 

Country: Taiwan
Year: 2017
Duration: 90 min
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Tagalog, Mandarin, Atayal
Subtitles: English

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I Dream In Another Language
Dec
9
8:00 PM20:00

I Dream In Another Language

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20:00 | I Dream In Another Language
Ernesto Contreras

A young linguist travels to the Mexican jungle to research and save a mysterious indigenous language on the verge of extinction due to a fight between the last two speakers. He uncovers a secret, concealed by the language.


 

Country: Mexico, Netherlands
Year: 2016
Duration: 103 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish, Zikril
Subtitles: English


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The Wound (Inxeba)
Dec
9
10:10 PM22:10

The Wound (Inxeba)

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22.00 | The Wound (Inxeba)
John Trengove

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.


 

Country: South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France
Year: 2016
Duration: 88 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Xhosa
Subtitles: English
 

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Representing LGBTIQ Refugees + Q&A
Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Representing LGBTIQ Refugees + Q&A

13.00 | SHORT FILM PROGRAM | Representing LGBTIQ Refugees + Q&A

Who gets to speak for whom? Popular culture representations are susceptible to constructing the refugee subject solely from a Western gaze. Issues of stripping the individual of agency, resulting in victimization, exoticization and eroticization, are discussed through four short films and a debate.

In attendance of filmmaker Nish Gera.


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House Tree Animal (Huisje Boompje Beestje)

Tom Cas, Koen Leerink

Dannie and Ferry have everything they could dream off, but still there's something missing. Keeping up with the latest trend, they take a trip to Greece to extend the family. But is this what they wanted?

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Duration: 7 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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Scar Tissue

Nish Gera

Sami has fled Aleppo to Amsterdam where he hopes to live openly as a gay man and escape the past. A chance encounter brings him face to face with Johan. Over the course of a night, unsettling secrets are revealed that make both men confront harsh truths about the very different worlds they come from.

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Duration: 15 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English

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SKAI BLUE

Guido Verelst

Tom meets Simon, a Cameroon refugee on a dating app. They have a short but passionate relationship and hope for a better life, happiness and love. However, Tom realizes that this relationship has a huge impact on his own life and is forced to make a difficult choice.

Country: Belgium
Year: 2017
Duration: 18 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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Y

Gina Wenzel

Laura is a self-confident young woman, a member of “Generation Y”. Spoilt for choice by life’s abundance of options, Laura has lost track of her own aims and ideals. One night she meets Safi, who has fled her homeland. The encounter gives Laura food for thought.

Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 24 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: German, English
Subtitles: English

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Debate | Queering the Stage
Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Debate | Queering the Stage

13.00 | Debate: Queering the stage

Language: English/Dutch | Free entrance to the debate, short film screening sold separately

The festival’s Queering the Stage program introduces ways of queering the performing arts. How can performing arts crush patriarchy, abolish gender roles, and move beyond the heteronormative axis on an trans-regional level? You are invited to discuss the topics with professionals from diverse cultural fields. Following the debate, three films – ANYA KNEEZ: A Queen In Beirut, Decoding DarkMatter, and Tango Queerido – supply the audience with possible approaches to the topic, focusing on the fields of drag, poetry, theatre and dance.

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Queering the Stage screening
Dec
10
2:00 PM14:00

Queering the Stage screening

14.00 SHORT FILM PROGRAM | Queering the Stage

Following the debate Queering the Stage, three films related to the topics discussed will be screened.

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ANYA KNEEZ: A Queen In Beirut

Mohamad Abdouni

After 23 years in the United States, Anya Kneez moves back home to live with her parents in Lebanon. She struggles with the values of a Middle Eastern society that fails to accommodate her lifestyle. The short documentary portrays the life of the boy who brought Drag from the slums of Brooklyn to the clubs of Beirut.

Country: Lebanon
Year: 2017
Duration: 11 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: English


 

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Decoding DarkMatter

Crystal Waterton

Decoding DarkMatter documents the journey of two Asian transgender poetry performance artists, as they progress from Stanford University, where they began performing together, to their first large theater production. As art activists, they discuss the obstacles trans people of color are facing worldwide.

Country: United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 22 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English
Subtitles: No subtitles

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Tango Queerido

Liliana Furió

Tango Queerido offers insight from within the international queer tango movement. It highlights the paradox of how tango, a traditionally macho dance, has given LGBTIQ communities a tool of communication and political struggle through appropriation, rebelling against its heteronormative gender roles.

Country: Argentina
Year: 2016
Duration: 60 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, German, Spanish
Subtitles: English

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LGBTIQ Refugees: Different Realities by Secret Garden
Dec
10
2:45 PM14:45

LGBTIQ Refugees: Different Realities by Secret Garden

14.45 | LGBTIQ Refugees: Different Realities by Secret Garden

IQMF has invited Secret Garden to join the panel LGBTIQ refugees: different realities, to address the issues LGBTIQ refugees face after fleeing to the Netherlands. The panellists will discuss exclusion, intimidation and abuse, a lot of which is experienced during the asylum seeking processes in Dutch refugee camps, where LGBTIQ refugees are humiliated and bullied by other refugees and often fail to obtain the protection they seek from Dutch authorities. In addition the panel will discuss how they are perceived by Dutch society in general and the LGBTIQ community in specific. With screenings of films The Crossing and House, Tree, Animal.


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The Crossing
Carlos Motta

The Crossing presents video portraits of eleven LGBTIQ refugees who speak about their experiences before, during and after the exodus from their homelands to the Netherlands. Their touching accounts demonstrate the challenges of living amid homophobia and transphobia.

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Duration: 23 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: Arabic, Farsi, Urdu
Subtitles: English

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House Tree Animal (Huisje Boompje Beestje)
Tom Cas, Koen Leerink

Dannie and Ferry have everything they could dream off, but still there's something missing. Keeping up with the latest trend, they take a trip to Greece to extend the family. But is this what they wanted?

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Duration: 7 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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Locked In + Not Acceptable + That's My Boy
Dec
10
4:00 PM16:00

Locked In + Not Acceptable + That's My Boy

16.00 | Locked In Not Acceptable + That’s My Boy

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Locked In

Allan McDonald

This documentary showcases the lives of transgender Muslims who share their narratives in a South African context. They struggle with multiple levels of discrimination due to the social and religious stigma that is accelerated by orthodox and extremist interpretations of Islamic texts.

Country: South Africa
Year: 2016
Duration: 52 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Xhosa
Subtitles: No subtitles


 

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Not Acceptable

Saman Haghighivand

A daydreaming trans-boy is put under pressure by his family, resulting in his rejection. The film highlights the difficulties that transgender youth face in families that fail to accept the diversity of gender identities.

Country: Iran
Year: 2017
Duration: 2 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Silent
Subtitles: English, Persian


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That's My Boy

Akhil Sathyan

That’s My Boy is a documentary on identity, self-acceptance and feeling at ease with your own body. It portrays the successful and remarkable life of Sonu, formerly known as Sonia, who chose to follow his heart in spite of family pressures and now works to create awareness of trans issues in India.

Country: India
Year: 2016
Duration: 24 min
Genre: Documentary, Short
Language: English, Malayalam
Subtitles: English

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Queer Faces, Migrant Voices
Dec
10
4:30 PM16:30

Queer Faces, Migrant Voices

16.30 | Queer Faces, Migrant Voices
Language: English

IQMF 2017 in Amsterdam will conclude with a very special programme on the Sunday afternoon. A programme in the dark, where you can close your eyes and just listen. Eight courageous people who fled their homelands and left their family in search for freedom, acceptance and love will present their stories in a mix of live storytelling and recorded audio.

Queer Faces, Migrant Voices is a Stichting art.1 production in collaboration with IQMF, One World Festival Berlin & KIJUFI. Participants from the Netherlands and from Germany followed workshops in storytelling and radio making. The project is financed by Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, BJA-COW, Jonge Kunst - Fonds Soziokultur, Projektfonds kulturelle Bildung.

 

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Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister) + ELIAS + ABU (Father) @ Toneelschuur Haarlem
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister) + ELIAS + ABU (Father) @ Toneelschuur Haarlem

19.30 | Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister) + ELIAS + ABU (Father) @ Toneelschuur Haarlem

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Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister)
Lia Hietala 

Country: Sweden
Year: 2017
Duration: 15 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Swedish
Subtitles: English

Cleo joins her older sister Gabbi and her girlfriend Majken on a roadtrip to their summer cabin. During the trip Gabbi and Majken struggle to find out if Cleo is in love with a boy or a girl. A story about emerging sexuality and the ability to gain and lose trust for one another.

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ELIAS
Lucas van der Rhee

Elias doesn’t feel understood or seen in Ijmuiden where he works at the fishing tackle. He misses his parents after their departure for Turkey. When his brother, Kemal, rents their parents' bedroom, Tom comes to live with them. Seen first as an intruder, Tom turns out to help Elias in his journey to discover himself.

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Duration: 13 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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ABU (Father)
Arshad Khan

Pakistani gay filmmaker Arshad Khan examines his troubled relationship with his devout, Muslim father Abu and their struggle with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration to Canada. He uses family footage, classic Bollywood films  and animation to introduce viewers to the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism, and modernity and familiarity.

Country: Canada
ear: 2017
Duration: 81 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Urdu, Punjabi
Subtitles: No subtitles

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I Dream In Another Language @ LantarenVenster, Rotterdam
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

I Dream In Another Language @ LantarenVenster, Rotterdam

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19.00 | I Dream In Another Language
Ernesto Contreras

A young linguist travels to the Mexican jungle to research and save a mysterious indigenous language on the verge of extinction due to a fight between the last two speakers. He uncovers a secret, concealed by the language.


 

Country: Mexico, Netherlands
Year: 2016
Duration: 103 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish, Zikril
Subtitles: English


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ELIAS + ABU (Father) @ LantarenVenster, Rotterdam
Dec
12
9:00 PM21:00

ELIAS + ABU (Father) @ LantarenVenster, Rotterdam

21.00 | ELIAS + ABU (Father) @ LantarenVenster, Rotterdam

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ELIAS
Lucas van der Rhee

Elias doesn’t feel understood or seen in Ijmuiden where he works at the fishing tackle. He misses his parents after their departure for Turkey. When his brother, Kemal, rents their parents' bedroom, Tom comes to live with them. Seen first as an intruder, Tom turns out to help Elias in his journey to discover himself.

Country: Netherlands
Year: 2017
Duration: 13 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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ABU (Father)
Arshad Khan

Pakistani gay filmmaker Arshad Khan examines his troubled relationship with his devout, Muslim father Abu and their struggle with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration to Canada. He uses family footage, classic Bollywood films  and animation to introduce viewers to the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism, and modernity and familiarity.

Country: Canada
Year: 2017
Duration: 81 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Urdu, Punjabi
Subtitles: No subtitles

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Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister) + Girl Unbound @ 'T Hoogt, Utrecht
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister) + Girl Unbound @ 'T Hoogt, Utrecht

19.00 | Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister) + Girl Unbound

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Min Homosyster (My Gay Sister)
Lia Hietala

Cleo joins her older sister Gabbi and her girlfriend Majken on a roadtrip to their summer cabin. During the trip Gabbi and Majken struggle to find out if Cleo is in love with a boy or a girl. A story about emerging sexuality and the ability to gain and lose trust for one another.

Country: Sweden
Year: 2017
Duration: 15 min
Genre: Drama, Short
Language: Swedish
Subtitles: English

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Girl Unbound
Erin Heidenreich

In Waziristan, “one of the most dangerous places on earth”, Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban by disguising as a boy, so she can play sports freely. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her family. Undeterred, they continue to fight for freedom.

Country: United States
Year: 2016
Duration: 80 min
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Pashtu, Urdu
Subtitles: English

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The Wound (Inxeba) @ 'T Hoogt, Utrecht
Dec
13
9:00 PM21:00

The Wound (Inxeba) @ 'T Hoogt, Utrecht

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21.00 | The Wound (Inxeba)
John Trengove

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani's entire existence begins to unravel.


 

Country: South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France
Year: 2016
Duration: 88 min
Genre: Drama
Language: Xhosa
Subtitles: English
 

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