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Debate: Who speaks for Whom? Queer Activism in 2018
Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

Debate: Who speaks for Whom? Queer Activism in 2018

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Who speaks for whom? Queer Activism in 2018

Three speakers from the queer, trans & migrant community:

Bo Hanna, Tirsa With and a delegate from TranScreen reflect on this years highlights and setbacks in queer activism, the status of allies and adversary’s and discuss whether the very diverse queer community of the Netherlands is represented by the right people in the right places. 

IQMF hosted this talk for the first time in 2017 and has decided to make this a recurring discussion due to its continuing relevancy.

Tickets €5. Free if you visit any film during IQMF.

#ifyoulove activism & new narratives 

From left to right:
JNM (The Naked MC), Bo Hanna, tirsa with, Plette ter Veld

JNM (the Naked MC)
In the magical year of 1983, the summer child of Surinamese descent known as JNM (the Naked MC) claimed her space on Planet Earth.

At an early age she already knew that the spotlight is her peace. Dancing, singing and acting in front of the mirror became her daily routine.

Up till today this ritual hasn’t changed much, even though her mirror is often more replaced for stages like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Uitmarkt, IDFA, Kunstbende, Amsterdam Roots Festival and Milkshake Festival. The list adds up as this all-round artist takes herself places she dwells in. JNM is a pleasure to the ear, eye & soul.

The force is strong with this one.

JNM the Naked MC - It’s a Feeling”  

Bo Hanna

Bo Hannah was born in Sweden, has Coptic-Egyptian roots and grew up in the Netherlands. He studied French and Middle-Eastern Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Born out of his own struggles with identity, ethnicity, sexuality and the pressure to conform, he started writing about gender, sexuality and ethnicity in an intersectional way. His main purpose is to offer a new narrative that encourages people to love whomever they want to love. He also wants to offer an alternative for the dominant view we tend to have in Western media, where diversity themes are only promoted as ultimate Western.

Jo-Ann with

Jo-Ann With is a femme queer, curator, product design student and co-founder of the art collective for and by womxn of color: ANTI-BODIES. 

Her experience with dealing with manic depression and anxiety led to her becoming pro radical selfcare and pro the right to sometimes just “exist” in your poc body. She also fights for the emancipation of queers of color and is also demanding a seat at the table for those who identify as femme.

Plette ter Veld

Plette studied fine art at the Utrecht School of Arts and a few years of Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. Now Plette works at Utrecht University as an IT professional. Along with Ms. Tobi from Berlin Plette creates large steel sculptures, Plette acts as a performer and has a long history as queer-, AIDS- and gender-activist. For years Plette organizes festivals and all kinds of art and queer events. In the distant past Plette (Paul) even toured with a band through the Netherlands and in that time was a radio producer as well. Although Plette has been a gender activist for years and “he” actually is a huge trans-in-the-closet, Plette is one of the founders of TranScreen.



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Queer in the Caucasus: + Panel Talk
Dec
8
3:45 PM15:45

Queer in the Caucasus: + Panel Talk

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Queer in the Caucasus


Screening of three films:

Fear + Queer in Azerbaijan + Yadlar and a panel talk with LGBT activists Lasha Fox Tsertsvadze (Georgia), Gulnara Mehdiyeva (Azerbaijan) and Mischa Badasyan (Armenia).

Fear (Raissa Sokurowa, Germany, 2018, 14 min.)
Mikail had to flee Chechnya for being homosexual. Unexpectedly meeting his old childhood-friend Daud in Germany, Mikal is not only faced with a renewed friendship, but a recurring fear of persecution. #ifyoulove Chechnya, diversity and staying true to yourself.

Queer in Azerbaijan (Chris Belloni, The Netherlands, 2018, 38 min.)
Queer Azerbaijan is a mosaic narrative of a number of young queer people from Baku who reflect on the horrible arrests of people from their community in 2017. Tamilla describes life as a young lesbian, and Kamran and Gulnara discuss the limitations of their lives as human rights activists.

Yadlar (Turkan Huseynova, Azerbaijan, 2018, 20 min.)
Yadlar reflects the persecutions and arrests against LGBT people that took place in Azerbaijan In September 2017. The film also showcases the perception of LGBT individuals by the political parties, citizen society and Azerbaijani community. It reflects on how they feel as outcasts in the Azerbaijani society.

---- #ifyoulove Chechnya, diversity and staying true to yourself 


 

Director: Raissa Sokurowa
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Duration: 14 min
Genre:
Language: German / Russian
Subtitles: English
 
 

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Talk: Homonationalism & Pinkwashing?
Dec
7
6:15 PM18:15

Talk: Homonationalism & Pinkwashing?

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Homonationalism & Pinkwashing

Inclusivity and gay rights are often framed as western values or specific to a certain country (homonationalism) and used as an excuse to exclude and dismiss non-western or minority groups on the basis that they are generally homophobic and non-egalitarian. This lecture analyses the rise of homonationalism and pinkwashing in the Netherlands.  

Tickets €5. Free if you visit any film during IQMF.

#ifyoulove politics & social issues   


 

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Debate: The Sexual Objectification of Refugees and Migrant People of Colour
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

Debate: The Sexual Objectification of Refugees and Migrant People of Colour

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The Sexual Objectification of Refugees and Migrant People of Colour

Refugees and migrant people of colour tend to be exploited and addressed as exotic sexual beings while not being able to create a real connection in their new country of residency. Inspired by curated scenes from Bruce la Bruce, Berlin Drifters and Welcome Refugees, three films that address this topic, our guests share and discuss their personal experiences after moving to The Netherlands. 

Tickets €5. Free if you visit any film during IQMF.

#ifyoulove new perspectives on the Netherlands

 


 

Left to right: Sudeep Dasgupta, Nida Pervaiz, Fayaaz, Tamara Shogaolu (not on photo: Larry)

Sudeep Dasgupta is an Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He lectures and has published extensively in the fields of global media, aesthetics, post-colonialism, gender and sexuality. With his critical and experienced view on film, he is also part of the IQMF programming team.

Nida Pervaiz is a 33 year old lesbian from Pakistan. She is proud and out and came to the Netherlands in 2016. She was illegal for 2 years and is legally back in the asylum procedure again. She is a volunteer at Cocktail Midden Nederland and is one of the participants in QFMV radio podcast.

Fayaaz is 24 years old, with Surinamese background and migrated in 2012 to the Netherlands. He self-identifies as gender fluid.

He is involved for 5 years now in the area of human rights, specifically with multicultural LGBTQIA+. He has led projects of queer refugees, worked at COC The Hague, volunteer work at STI AIDS Netherlands, and is currently a board member of Colored Qollective (safe space for queer people of color in Utrecht).

Tamara Shogaolu has spent most of her life living between Panama, the U.S. and the Middle East and currently resides in the Netherlands. As an artist, she is interested in pushing the boundaries of traditional storytelling to tell stories in various mediums, platforms, in virtual and physical spaces that promote cross-cultural understanding and challenge preconceptions.

Larry

Larry (39) was born and raised in south American in a Caribbean island. He was the personal adviser and chief of staff of prime Minister of his country for over 5 years. After he was outed in public he had to flee his country immediatly in (2015). He currently lives in Groningen and works for a football club. And volunteers at COC and alfa college as a gast docent. 

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Open Masterclass: Queer Programming
Dec
6
4:15 PM16:15

Open Masterclass: Queer Programming

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Queer programming

Curious what’s going on at IQMF Academy? Join our open masterclass in the Academy program for young creatives.  

Queer curators Raul Zambrano (IDFA), Esra Ozban (Kuirfest Istanbul) and Slava Doytcheva (Sofia Pride Festival) share their tricks of the trade for programming a (queer) festival. Join us at the bar afterwards.  

 Free entrance.

#ifyoulove: filmindustry & networking


 

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Opening Party @ Vrankrijk
Dec
5
to Dec 6

Opening Party @ Vrankrijk

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OPENING PARTY @ VRANKRIJK

The opening party of the International Queer & Migrant Filmfestival will be hosted in the Vrankrijk by WTF Queers. 
Live on stage:
MC Mustaj (NL) Rapping over original sexy beats inspired by tekno to reggaeton
DJ Hajar (MAR) Cheap dance music from all over but mostly North African
And more.........

Ticket sale at the door €5

Since its Sinterklaas that night we will have a benefit for Kick Out Zwarte Piet, so please give generously ;)

#ifyoulove: DJ’s & KOZP


 

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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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Queering the Stage debate
Dec
10
1:00 PM13:00

Queering the Stage debate

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. The discussion is moderated by Marcel Heyman.

Panelists:

- Merel Moistra is Philosopher, Psychologist, Mother, Father, Songwriter-Singer, Comedienne, Actress, All round entertainer. Star of the Dutch theater-comedy scene, bearer of the rainbow-flag, the mother of change, self-made woman and more. Must we name it all? Oh yeah, she has been there, done it, and it was well received. A long string of successes that would bore you to tears. Must we include that this extremely successful person is also in the possession of a well-rounded and grounded character? An extremely spiritually guided person, who wants to change the world for the better? Or will this overload of information about her self-evident quality only rub you the wrong way and provoke a raging fit of obvious envious jealousy?

- Brian van Nunen is a transman born in 1976 in the south of the Netherlands. He has written  poetry since 2003, started painting in 2013 while he was waiting for his medical transition from female to male. At first the paintings were on small canvases with cheap paint but after the operation in 2014 when he started to evaluate his life and wanted to become visible, the paintings became bigger and the paint of better quality. Besides working as an artist he also works as office manager at COC Netherlands and is planning on starting Trans United Utrecht in 2018.

- Keren Rosenberg is a Middle-eastern, Amsterdam based performer | maker | movement researcher. Through her works and artistic practice, she seeks to articulate a new physical and social political gaze over the body and the environment it functions in; Hunting for rituals and physicality that can liquidate boundaries between the body and the environment we live in, between our social skin and the primitive body underneath. Questioning queer and social political context from a hetero-fluid perspective, while creating multidisciplinary collaborations with artists from the fields of Photography, Film, Design, Sound and Theory. Keren is also a certified Gaga teacher.

Aleksandr Vinogradov is Karelian film director, who was born in the North of Russia. He moved to Moscow in 2002 where he started to work as a graphic designer. In 2012 graduated the Humanitarian Institute of TV with honors and presented his graduation film “Five Steps of Butoh” about contemporary Japanese dance performed by a Russian dancer. In 2012 he was accepted to a documentary filmmaker’s master program DocNomads where he experimented with a form of his documentary films. Recent works of Aleksandr are mixing classical narrative of storytelling with contemporary and animated elements, both of them are helping to express internal conflicts of films. His latest graduation film “Call Me Chaos”, about a chansonnier who fights for her artistic freedom through her music and lyrics, was premiered at Visions Du Reel in 2016. Since 2015 he is working on a feature documentary “QUEER TANGO GOES TO RUSSIA” about the LGBTQ dance movement in St. Petersburg which is scheduled to be released in 2018.

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Who speaks for who: representing the queer/migrant community debate
Dec
9
4:15 PM16:15

Who speaks for who: representing the queer/migrant community debate

16.15 | Who speaks for who: representing the queer/migrant community debate
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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Queer festivals under attack debate
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

Queer festivals under attack debate

15.00 | Queer Festivals under attack debate
Language: English/Dutch | Entrance: Free

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Queer Festivals face problems and are under constant attack in many countries. Recently, a two day LGBT film festival got banned in Ankara because the festival "could incite grudges and enmity toward a part of society”. In Tunis, the brand new Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival will be launched in January 2018 and it might face challenges too. Gizem Bayiksel and Karam Aouini will talk about their drives and motives, their passion and activism in the debate Queer Festivals under attack.

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Queer Activism debate
Dec
8
9:00 PM21:00

Queer Activism debate

21.00 | Debate: Queer Activism
Language: English |
Free entrance to the debate, film screening sold separately

In what way can activism change your life? Prior to the films Grey Violet – Odd One Out & HALF A LIFE, 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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