QWOCMAP presents 7th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival
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at the Brava Theater,
2789 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA

7th Annual
Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Festival screenings are free admission - please arrive early to ensure seating!


  7:30 pm
Doors Open
& Reception:
6:30 pm
Opening Night Screening

Finger Sucking Good  (Explicit content)

From smoldering glances on the train, to sizzling mixes in a stranger's kitchen, to hot house party hookups, this spicy blend of films will engage all of your senses and leave you craving more.

A Vietnamese mother's rigid expectations engulf her daughter and LE PETITE SALON. A young Latina starts COOKING CURIOSITIES and chiles rellenos in her tia's kitchen. Two women flush with self-discovery and love of food create a new RECIPE FOR LOVE. A day at the lake and a moment of fantasy make CANTALOUPE drip with desire. Anything can happen when two Butches are READY to make a house party combust. THE SUN STAINS after a night of suspicious text messages and video betrayal. A grieving woman comes BACK TO LIFE after a friend helps to jump-start her heart. After a shy girl catches a stranger's eye, THE BUS PASS glows with potential.

Films Running Time: 90 minutes
Followed by Q&A Panel with Filmmakers
Explicit Content


La Petite Salon (Caroline Le, 2010)

Cooking Curiosities (Lourdes Rivas, 2011)

Recipe For Love (Chauncey Wales, 2011)

Cantaloupe (Meja Tyehimba, 2009)

Ready (Michele Randleston, 2011)

The Sun Stains (Marlene Legaspi, 2011)

Back to Life (Desi del Valle, 2009)

The Bus Pass (Narissa Lee, 2010)


  10:00 pm
Opening Night Party($5 - $20)

Celebrate the opening of the film festival with QWOCMAP!
Featuring DJ Olga T & DJ Wepa!  [bios]

The Room - 101 6th Street @ Mission, San Francisco   [directions]


  1:00 pm
Doors Open:
12:30 noon


Join us for our Festival Focus Panel Discussion with deep thinkers, take-charge doers and long-time troublemakers. A roundtable discussion with queer women of color activists who have taught us what it means to stand at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, nationality and culture. This panel illustrates the paths that have led to our current crossroads and illuminates our way forward through social justice feminism.




  3:30 pm
Doors Open
& Reception:
2:30 pm
Centerpiece Screening

Soaring Past Survival

From simmering memories that threaten to explode, to the adjoining paths of sexual identity and nationality, to incensed confrontations against street harassment, these films draw on the fire of our communities to forge our collective survival.

A woman's identities coalesce into wholeness when she thinks outside her MOVING BOXES. A Vietnamese divorced mother creates her own path toward her new sexual identity in MY WAY. The burning loss of a sister and an old neighborhood combine to take FLIGHT. Ordinary people consider life's sublime questions while waiting for the next SHOE TO DROP. Dealers hire an ANGEL nurse to administer drugs to addicts. Painful memories and obsession converge in a boiling fight for SELF-INFLICTED FREEDOM. Lovers and exes are BOUND in ardor and heartache. WALKING BACKWORDS from mental illness leads to healing and resilience. A young genderqueer's sense of self fizzles after contact with each new girlfriend's TOOTHBRUSH. Fierce women are HOLLERING BACK at public street harassment.

Films Running Time: 94 minutes
Followed by Q&A Panel with Filmmakers


Moving Boxes (Danielle Brown, 2011)

My Way (Câu An) (Vinh Vû, 2011)

Flight (Jamilah King, 2011)

Shoe to Drop (Teresa Hagiya, 2010)

Angel (Jazmin Jamias, 2010)

Self-Inflicted Freedom (Elisa Square-LeVias, 2011)

Bound (Bianca Williams / Be Steadwell, 2010)

Walking Backwards (Camille Bates, 2010)

Toothbrush (Tonilyn A. Sideco, 2011)

Hollering Back (Ines Ixierda, 2011)


  7:30 pm
Doors Open
& Reception:
6:30 pm
Featured Screening

Igniting the Intersections

From the sultry lacing of Femme identity and voluptuous proportions, to the scorching juncture where jazz talent converges with gender expectations, to the fiery combination of joy and healing for transmen of color, these films reflect the blistering fusion of glitter, passion and resilience that our communities of color have always embodied.

In the heat of desperate times, HELP WANTED doesn't apply to a genderqueer Asian looking for employment. A smoking talented jazz trumpeter sets it off IN THE KEY OF D when she makes a decision that will change her life forever. AIN'T I A WOMAN celebrates the luminous enduring beauty of Black Femmes and Black transgender women. Queering sex and resilience, Fat Femmes seduce you WITH CONVICTION. Queer artists celebrate the sassy legacy of THAT'S SO GAY! A Femme welds together her strengths and identities in the process of LEARNING AND UNLEARNING INVISIBILITY. Witnessing the death of his father ignites the transition and spiritual journey for a transsexual man whose top surgery leaves behind 36A. For a Chinese transman, balmy pleasures, music and joy intermingle in life just LIKE THIS.

Films Running Time: 100 minutes
Followed by Q&A Panel with Filmmakers


Help Wanted (Truc Thanh Nguyen, 2011)

In the Key of D (Meja Tyehimba, 2011)

Ain't I A Woman (Kebo Drew, 2011)

With Conviction (Dulce Annel Garcia, 2011)

That's So GAY! (Kali Boyce, 2010)

Learning and Unlearning Invisibility (Sarah Hark Sun Hamburger, 2011)

36A (AC, 2011)

Like This (Alexander Lee, 2011)



  2:00 pm
Doors Open
& Reception:
1:00 pm
Centerpiece Screening

Homegrown Gifts

From the blazing links between drumming and spirituality, to the searing mix of culture and tradition, to the fierce bonds of chosen family, these films reveal that our devotion sparks our strength.

Spiritual activist Afia Walking Tree drums a rhythmic path with GRACE AND FIERCENESS. The POCAT collective was a steaming synthesis of anti-authoritarian-guerilla street theater. With hiss and sizzle, AVOTCJA traverses poetry, music and performance. A GYPSY TALE traces a Romani woman's passionate quest for love, family and acceptance. Through softball, the LGBTQ community is MAKING IT HOME. A couple's 7-year adventure in QUEER SPAWNING makes them a part of the Gayby Boom. Black lesbians raising children reveal THE GIFT OF FAMILY.

Films Running Time: 95 minutes
Followed by Q&A Panel with Filmmakers


Grace and Fierceness (Zemaya Martinez, 2011)

POCAT: People Of Color Action Theater (Patricia Nuno-Sanchez, 2011)

Avotcja (Ava Square-LeVias, 2011)

You're Too American: A Gypsy Tale (De Sabut Gadjikano) (Selena LeCroix, 2011)

Making It Home (Dai Ming An, 2011)

Queer Spawning (Celestina Pearl, 2011)

The Gift of Family (QWOCMAP Productions / ZUNA / NIA Collective, 2011)


  6:00 pm
Doors Open
& Reception:
5:00 pm
Closing Night Screening

Fierce Entanglements  (Explicit content)

From feverish dreams and torrid longing, to a conflagration of intertwined couplings, to a firestorm of love and immigration, these films will kindle tender and tenacious connections.

Sweltering dreams and secret longings emerge in a FIGURE DRAWING. Unsaid words and unexpressed emotions flare in a series of letters that are UNDELIVERABLES. The confluence of tangled love lives and literary housemates isn't COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY. Finding love after abuse helps a carnival girl to soar ABOVE DELIVERANCE. Social awkwardness and blinds dates leave a pining lesbian OUT ON LOVE. It's drama, dilemma and desire galore for 3GIRLZ & 9LIVES. After a job loss, a South Asian lesbian couple finds themselves LEGALLY CHALLENGED to hold onto their love.

Films Running Time: 93 minutes
Followed by Q&A Panel with Filmmakers
Explicit Content


Figure Drawing (Shiu-chin Linda Hsu, 2011)

Undeliverables (Yvonne Tran, 2011)

Counterrevolutionary (Vanessa Lewis, 2011)

Above Deliverance (Teresa Moore, 2011)

Out On Love (Alice Choe, 2011)

3Girlz & 9Lives (Kiz Dodds, 2011)

Legally Challenged (Priti Narayanan, 2011)


  8:00 pm
Closing Night Party ($5 - $20)

Celebrate the close of the film festival with QWOCMAP and all those fabulous people from the Film Festival!
Featuring DJ Black & DJ Olga T  [bios]
Performances by JenRO & Siaira Shawn

Audience Award for Best Film presented at 10:00 pm

SOM Bar - 2925 16th Street (between S. Van Ness Ave & Capp St), Mission district, San Francisco   [directions]

All showings are free admission, unless otherwise indicated.
Refreshments will be served.