June 21, 2018
QCCA & AAACC present
Home and Abroad: Video and Film by Queer Caribbean Filmmakers
Curated by Jackie Francis and Rudy Lemcke
Tix $10, NOTA
This program presents the work of queer artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora: the filmmakers hail from Colombia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Kingdom. In comedy and drama, and with animation and lyrical and experimental styles, they tell stories of love, desire, and self-discovery. The subjects are Caribbean carnival, the coming-of-age journey, bad romances, slavery’s legacies, and simmering seduction.
The screening will be preceded by The Afro Queer Masquerade – Dontuntrah, starting at the GLBT History Museum at 5pm, proceeding to Strut, and ending at the Harvey Milk Plaza. Mas, short for masquerade, is rooted in religious rituals. Like New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, mas is a cultural celebration in which participants don costumes and makeup to play, sing, and dance during the pre-Lenten season. Refreshments will be served at the African-American Art and Culture Complex (AAACC).
FILMS IN THE PROGRAM
You. Me. Bathroom. S*x. Now.
Directed by Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti | 17:25 minutes | 2015
When Antonio finds out that his boyfriend of 8 years is cheating on him three days before Christmas, he decides to find solace amongst friends at the neighborhood dive. A comedy about a man who tries to forget about love, in all the wrong places.
Director: Christopher Laird | 9:43 minutes | 2016
Mas artists, Peter Minshall, producing his first mas for carnival in nearly ten years reinterprets Mikhail Fokine’s classic ballet THE DYING SWAN for a ‘Moko Jumbie’ (a stilt dancer) in drag. This film chronicles the assemblage and performance of this mas at the King of Carnival competition in February 2016. Christopher Laird has produced over 300 documentaries, dramas and other video productions with Banyan Ltd. over the past 40 years garnering a score of national, regional and international awards.
A Broken Appointment
Directed by Kaleb D’Aguilar | 1:47 minutes | 2017
A Broken Appointment explores the dynamic of closeting within a young gay relationship, and how “hiding in the dark” may lead to a destructive end. However, Miller’s poetry attempts to offer some optimism for the ability of queer Caribbean relationships to rise again after an unfortunate end.
Animation by Rodrigo Rodriguez | 5:39 minutes | 2017
“So the message behind my film was meant to communicate – in a saucy and comic way – how in a world where everyone is so obsessed with the quest for sex, attraction and attention, that to find love and happiness you sometimes need to look right in front of your nose.” – RR
We Love Moses
Directed by Dionne Edwards | 15:11 minutes | 2016
Twelve-year-old Ella has a crush on her brother’s best friend Moses, but uncovers a secret that changes the game for everyone involved. We Love Moses is an electrifying portrayal of how navigating the complexities of sex and power in girlhood is so inexplicable to parents and often requires taking matters into your own hands.
A Film by Elizabeth Mudenyo and Fiona Rae Clarke | 7:53 minutes | 2017
A romantic comedy about Black love, gender politics, and social media.
This program was funded by California Humanities