Queer Women of Color Film Festival, 2015


QWOCFF_SQJune 12-14, 2015
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP)
11th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
Brava Theater Center
2789 24th Street @York
San Francisco
Friday, Jun 12, Opening Night: Love & Stardust – 7:30pm
Saturday, Jun 13, Centerpiece Screening: Cincinnati Goddamn – 3pm
Saturday, Jun 13, Featured Screening: Emerging Radiance – 7pm
Sunday, Jun 14, Centerpiece Screening: Homing Instinct – 2pm
Sunday, Jun 14, Closing Night Screening: Boundless Bodies – 6pm
Price: FREE
For More Information visit QWOCMAP Website: www.qwocmap.org/festival

QWOCMAP launches its 11th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival into orbit with a constellation of 39 stellar films, a Festival Focus “Justice Heals” that radiates our tenacity as queer and trans people of color, and a Community Conversation “Film & the Nation-State” that ruptures the trauma and violence that often eclipses our lives. It world premieres films created throughout California from our Film & Freedom Academy, QWOCMAP’s national touring arm, and films from queer women of color, gender nonconforming and transgender people of color filmmakers around the world. From a queer Afro-Latina councilwoman fighting a corporate oil giant that blacked out the sky to the sparkle of genderqueer Asians, from Native Women and caribou under the northern lights to fat queer Femmes that glitter, these films witness the birth of our own stars. All films are Subtitled for the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing and ASL interpretation will be provided.


The Sacred Place Where Life Begins by Miho Aida

Friday – Opening Night
Friday, June 12 at 7:30pm
Opening Night Screening
Love & Stardust
From Chicana femme heroines and motorcycle-riding Black Butches to nerdy, sexy Asian lesbian elders, these tender films celebrate belonging, like planets swirling together through the galaxy.


Finding Each Other by Shirley Hsin*I Liu

Love & Stardust Program
Swanicorn by Jaq Nguyen Victor
HERO MARS by Skyler Cooper
Nathalie Nathalie by Mihee-Nathalie lemoine
Finding Each Other by Shirley Hsin*I Liu
Sex, Politics & Sticky Rice by Tina Takemoto
Being Seen Being Home by Lylliam Posadas
A la cama con Francisco by Francisco A. Sfeir
Hands In The Bedroom by Myisha Arellano, Sarai Mojica, Yesenia Valdez
Vow of Silence by Be Steadwell
Saturday Centerpiece
Saturday, June 13 at 3pm
Centerpiece Screening
Cincinnati Goddamn
This prescient feature-length documentary is set amidst the backdrop of a federal DOJ investigation into police practices, the far-reaching shadow of state violence, and the powerful light of grassroots activism. Michelle Alexander, Manning Marable and Jill Nelson set the national stage for a conversation about the deaths of Black people at the hands of police, which predates the story of Ferguson by more than a decade. The struggle of both individual families and entire communities shows that justice is a part of healing.


Cincinnati Goddamn by April Martin

Saturday Community Conversation
Saturday, June 13 at 4:30pm
Community Conversation
Film & the Nation-State
It is clear that the nation-state impacts films and filmmakers, even as they subvert their relationship to the state through their art, and especially as they document, shape and define the very social justice movements that seek to change institutions and policies. This Community Conversation explores the use of film for policy and human rights advocacy, and examines a global film industry and an international film community in the context of government censure and support.
Saturday Night
Saturday, June 13 at 7pm
Featured Screening
Emerging Radiance
With meditations on the preciousness of #BlackWomensLivesMatter, to the grief and regret of parents who lose their children to violence, from second chances after incarceration and addiction, to healing rituals that span the earth and sky, these films ground transformation in social justice.


Mamitis by Sandra Ramirez

Emerging Radiance Program
You’re Dead To Me by Wu Tsang
Athanasia by Maria Breaux
Life by Meja Tyehimba
#BlackWomensLivesMatter by Xhercis Mendez
Ehecatl Wind Medicine by Moon Flower
The Empty Room by Camerin Cobb
Confessions by Onyinye Alheri
A Letter to My Father by Karen Liu
Mamitis by Sandra Ramirez
Proud & Faithful by L’Oreal Jackson
His Vision: Project ALOFA by Jacqueline Case, Nicole Pote, Holly Riordan-Gonzales
In Her Eyes by Jordan Gash, Irene Tu
Sungaze by Shereen Choudhury
Sunday Centerpiece – Afternoon
Sunday, June 14 at 2pm
Centerpiece Screening
Homing Instinct
From Gwich’in women fighting to protect Alaskan caribou and tribal traditions, to a queer Afro-Latina councilwoman fighting corporate giant Chevron’s backroom tactics to control the city of Richmond, California, these documentaries honor the strength of collective action for humanity and the earth.
Homing Instinct – Program
The Sacred Place Where Life Begins by Miho Aida
Multi(com)plicities by Shaina Agbayani, Carolin Huang
Against Hate by B.K. Williams
Sunday Centerpiece – Closing Night
Sunday, June 14 at 6pm
Closing Night Screening
Boundless Bodies
From a transgender Chinese woman elder and a transgender Latinx man and his son, to same-sex marriage and activism through the eyes of children, these films ask us to embrace the multitudes we contain within ourselves.


De Colores, Our Lives by Edgardo Antonio Jr, Jovanka Beckles, Nicole Valentino

Boundless Bodies Program
Impossible Bodies by Lani Rodriguez
Jasmine’s Jubilee by Lynn Sugihara
El Beso by Stephan Jacob
Nomadé by Lorenzzo K.
Rompecabezas Trans by Ryan Survilas
Sexuality 101: Identity by Victoria Estrada, Halle Johnson
For The Love of Unicorns by Erin O’Brien
Operation Marriage by Quentin Lee
Who’s Next? by Monique Dismuke
Her/cut by Xiomara Benitez, Rebecca Leo
Au-Knapptural by Sonjhai Meggette
Negro Hair Petting Zoo by Carrie Hawks
De Colores, Our Lives by Edgardo Antonio Jr, Jovanka Beckles, Nicole Valentino