Saturday February 4th
2pm Off White: QBIPOC Shorts
A collection of narrative and documentary short films that center on queer Black/Brown, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour.
Niish Manidoowag, Dir. Debbie S. Mishibinijima (Odawa/Potawatomi woman from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory) (Canada/2017/5:00/English)
Four youth travel Bebamikawe Trail on Wiikwemkoong Unceded First Nation Territory. Two of the youths are Two Spirited and discuss the confrontations and acceptance that they have encountered within their community and how it has affected their ability to experience and learn their culture.
Walk with My Spirits, Dir. Tyler Jacobs (Coast Salish, West Coast and Mohawk Nations, born in Coast Salish Territory) (Canada/2018/4:43/English)
Dancer and fashion designer Tyler Jacobs asks us to tag along on his journey to reclaiming his two-spirit heritage and knowledge.
Odenhimin, Dir. Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo (born in Val-d’Or to a non-Indigenous mother and an Indigenous father of the Anishnabe Nation) (Canada/2022/2:45/English & French)
Odehimin is reconnecting with yourself and learning to love yourself.
PITOC E ICINAKOSIAN, Dir. Gerry Ottawa (raised in the Atikamekw community of Manawan) and Jos-Onimskiw Ottawa-Dubé (raised in the Atikamekw community of Manawan) (Canada/2020/6:01/English & French)
With the support of his friends and family, Garry becomes the first person from the Atikamekw community of Manawan to undergo gender reassignment. His older brother Jos, a film buff, joined his sister in co-directing this moving family portrait that tells a story of pride, love, and solidarity.
Little Sky, Dir. Jess X Snow (USA/Canada/2021/13:48/English, Mandarin, & Cantonese)
Little Sky follows the journey of Sky, a Chinese American pop star who returns to the city they were raised in to find their estranged immigrant father. Haunted by their childhood memories, Sky risks their non-binary identity to end the cycle of violence in their family. In the confrontation, Sky discovers something that changes how they feel about the people they love. Packed with original songs, Little Sky is a film about finding the chosen family who sees us when our blood family cannot.
Sab Shimono: Acting “As If”, Dir. TT Takemoto (Tina Takemoto) (USA/2021/9:55/English)
On the eve of his eightieth birthday, acclaimed Japanese American actor Sab Shimono reflects on his lifelong commitment to the craft of acting, his struggles against racism and homophobia, and how his life was transformed by gay bars and marriage equality.
To All That We Are, Dir. Kristian Cahatol (Canada/2022/5:00/English)
A dreamlike love story exploring the newfound relationship between two queer twenty-somethings.
Keep Delete, Dir. Kryzz Gautier (USA/2022/19:00/English)
In a future world where memories are handled like computer files, two lovers decide to undergo a procedure and have their entire relationship wiped from their brains.
Eye of the Veil, Dir. Dorothy A. Atabong (Canada/2022/23:00/English)
After the sudden death of her pregnant partner, a closeted attorney must embrace her sexuality and humanity, before seeking custody of their newborn.
Visiting Filmmaker Dorothy A. Atabong in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Dorothy A. Atabong is an award winning Director, Writer, Producer, and Actor based in Toronto. Her short film Sound Of Tears, screened at over 45 film festivals worldwide. It garnered multiple awards and nominations including The Africa Movie Academy Award, Court-métrage de fiction, Burundi, Best Film and Best Director Nominations for the Golden Sheaf Award, Ousmane Sembene Award – Zanzibar International Film Festival and Best Film at The Pan African Film Festival in LA and Cannes. She’s an alumna of the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC). Dorothy directed the CBC’s critically acclaimed 21 Black Futures – Season 3 – YEn Ara Asaase Ni/This Is Our Own Native Land and is the winner of the 2020 Cayle Chernin Award. Her feature script, Zenzile’s Journey is currently in development in partnership with Telefilm Canada. She is currently mentored by two-time Oscar nominated Director Atom Egoyan.Dorothy was also selected for the 2022 Netflix-Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative and will be attending the Banff World Media Festival in June. She was also selected as one of the CaribbeanTales Black Incubator and Studio Access Project participants and will be directing a film this summer. Dorothy is passionate about creating accurate and clear representations of the experiences of three-dimensional black women in stories both tragic and glorifying.
Community Sponsors: OPIRG Kingston