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Representing LGBTIQ Refugees + Q&A

  • De Balie, Grote Zaal Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen Amsterdam, NH, 1017 Netherlands (map)

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 filmmakers Nish Gera and Guido Verelst.


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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

Film Facebook page


 

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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

Film website
Film Facebook page


 

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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

Film website

Earlier Event: December 9
The Wound (Inxeba)
Later Event: December 10
Queering the Stage debate