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Submit! Nearly There is a zine project meant to address the serious absence and silencing of stories about the experiences of queer people of color.

 

QWOC Week International Film Screenings: Spotlight on LGBT AFRICA (8/5)

Posted By Lina Torres on August 5th, 2011

Film is a powerful form of media that allows us to connect with the personal stories of those we may otherwise never encounter. They often highlight important issues and struggles that mainstream media practically devotes no attention to. For this year’s QWOC Week Film Night, we have chosen some fantastic films to do just that. As queer and transgender individuals living in the United States, many of us have privileges that are rare worldwide. We can reach out to resources and communities within the country that allow us to freely express ourselves without fear of harm. This is certainly not the case in the majority of the world. In our crazy and hectic everyday lives, it can be easy to put this out of our minds.

What are the experiences of queer and trans individuals in remote communities in South Africa? How does the LGBTQ community overcome their persecution in Kenya? As part of QWOC+ Boston’s mission to create a diverse social space, we believe it is important to give a voice to those that are rarely heard. The goal of this event is to honor the struggles and experiences of our siblings abroad and to recommit ourselves to learning about and helping these movements. With this goal in mind, we are bringing you two short films and a feature, all of which shed light on the lives of queer or transgender people in African nations.

7 Years
Country: Kenya
Sponsor: NCDO, Hivos and Youth Incentives, 2007, 26 min.

Borders do not bound homosexuality, this is a fact of life that every community has to deal with. Kenya’s rapidly modernizing society is still heavily influenced by tribal, religious and neo-colonial values and practicing homosexuality is punishable with 7 years of imprisonment.

7 Years explores the realities and history of this punishment and provides a glimpse into how gays and lesbians manage to live in this hostile environment. Finding a job, family relationships, going out and sex are daily issues Kenyan gays and lesbians must work through. From a pastor to a male sex worker, 7 Years gives a voice to a group of people who are accustomed to keeping quiet.

Check out the trailer!

Night Star (Inkanyezi Yobusuku)
Country: South Africa
Dir. Kekeletso Khena 13 min.
(Zulu w/English Subtitles)

Traditionally, Zulu woman were barred from household chores during menstruation, and the maidens were isolated in the girls hut, a time for rest and contemplation called Ukuya Enyangeni, “going to the moon.” Lindiwe’s dreams are disturbed by her desire for the Amamqhikiza, her “guide” during this time.

The Sisterhood
Country: South Africa
Dir Roger Horn. 2010. 72 min.

Hazendal Wine Estate farmhands Pietie, Hope, and Rollie are not your typical South African vineyard workers. Hope aspires to winning the local drag queen pageant, Rollie dreams of a husband and retaining the local drag queen crown, and Pietie struggles with his religious upbringing while obsessing over his roses, chickens, and pigeons. These trans gender vineyard workers confront prejudice at every turn, from their own farming community, city trans genders, and the world at large, yet Roger Horn’s film manages to find the fabulous in the fraught and offer a portrait of triumph in togetherness rather than loneliness in victimization.

Check out the trailer!

So join us for a Friday afternoon of relaxing with friends and supporting great causes. The event is free and open to everyone!

EMERSON College

150 Boylston Street (Multipurpose Room, 1st Floor)
Boston, MA
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