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Fri, June 14

OPENING NIGHT SCREENING: TENDER POSSIBILITIES

FRI, JUNE 14
7:30PM

RECEPTION & DOORS OPEN: 6:30PM

From the intoxicating first kiss to queer Pin@ys navigating their upbringing, from transmen of color dating to Navajo beauty pageants, soak up the juicy possibilities in these sassy date films.

The passion between two queer Black women ripples across the vastness of different decades in Your Kiss. Inner monologues floating just under the surface make for a very interesting First Date. Each nightly journey infuses Sleez's Dream with ardent longing and aching familiarity. the ride channels a man’s struggle for visibility with a new love interest. Fear melts after Talking about transitioning and dating. It's The Fiction of the Fix that makes a lonely girl think that she can distill a perfect partner from failed relationships. A heartbroken zombie slides into the liquid bottom of a cocktail in I've Been to Manhattan.A woman wishes that she were Back at One after she takes the plunge. A young man lands on the reefs of yearning and courage while Chasing Love.In a watershed moment, the Miss Nizhoni winner is caught up in an eddy of mixed emotions and cultural icons. The Roots of Struggle keeps a couple anchored while navigating the turbulent contradictions of their upbringing. A woman bubbles with nerves while making Dinner For Two.

Your Kiss
(Enajite Pela, 2013)

First Date
(Be Steadwell, 2012)

Sleeze's Dream
(Larena Burno, 2013)

The ride
(Shawn Demmons, 2013)

Talking
(Jordyn Muldrow, 2012)

The Fiction of the Fix
(Cathy Sitzes, 2012)

I've Been To Manhattan
(StormMiguel Florez, 2012)

Back At One
(Jeunee Simon, 2012)

Chasing Love
(Chris Valente, 2012)

Miss Nizhoni
(Carey Tully, 2010)

Roots of Struggle
(Kay Cuajunco, 2013)

Dinner For Two
(Ami Nashimoto, 2012)

Running Time: 92 minutes

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

OPENING NIGHT PARTY

FRI, JUNE 14
10PM

$10 to $25

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SWANA/AMEMSA DJs!
DJ Emancipacion & Turntable Ruckus
(the DJ Duo from Pittsburgh: DJ Cheiffredd and DJ kK Hollywood)

Celebrate the 9th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival at this opening night party, with DJs that mix powerful waves of music.

Balancoire
2565 Mission Street @ 22nd St, SF

Sat, June 15

CENTERPIECE SCREENING: UNFOLDING BEAUTY

SAT, JUNE 15
3PM

DOORS OPEN: 2PM

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From API bois in search of the perfect haircut, to the healing of our bodies and spirits, to queer youth on their own paths, from the land and legacies that sustain us, to a triumphant anthem of Black lesbian identity, these films leap joyously into the strong currents of community.

Boi: A Story About Hair delves into the murky possibilities of perfection and adventure. Seedlings show how mainstream constructions of gender desiccate and dam masculine bodies. The opposing streams of social and professional life surge together and drive a young woman Up & Out. Even a Straight Jacketis no match for the gale force voice of a young tomboy. Life Keeps Moving and leaves hard break ups far downriver. The mysteries kept by The Secret Holder could remain submerged forever. The Queer Specimen narrows the gulf formed by technological over-advancement to save humanity. A momentary glimpse of Restless Beauty sweeps away stereotypes to reveal the legends and members of the Navajo Nation. The fear and invalidation that flood The Dancer’s Room are diluted by the love of dance.n This Is Our Inheritance, the fluidity of dance, memory and the earth. Her journeys with lovers, spirit and herself bring a woman to the headwaters of Love. Dangerous. Heal. Self-acceptance is another conduit for love in I Am Lesbian.

Boi: A Story About Hair
(Stacy Umezu, 2012)

Seedlings
(Ana Maria Aguero Jahannes, 2013)

Up & Out

(Nicole Love, 2012)

Straight Jacket
(Christine Liang, 2013)

Life Keeps Moving
(Lue Simcoe, 2012)

The Secret Holde
r
(Glenda Savage, 2013)

The Queer Specimen

(Pardis Esmaeli, 2013)

Restless Beauty

(Talia Boyd, Autumn Chacon, 2013)

The Dancer's Room
(Tai Rockett, 2013)

This Is Our Inheritance
(Terri Denne, Bekezela Mguni, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, 2013)

Love. Dangerous. Heal.
(Joy Yejide KMT, 2013)

I Am Lesbian
(Nico Capri, Brandon Jones, Cris Owens, 2013)


Running Time: 82 minutes

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Featured Screening: BRIDGE TO TRUTH

SAT, JUNE 15
7PM

RECEPTION & DOORS OPEN: 6PM

The fertile histories and lush cultures of Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA) communities drown in vilification, yet hope and activism spring up around the world. From candlelit prayer rugs to sweaty nights as a DJ, to feminist waves that carry across the seas, to unheard perspectives on the simmering Syrian revolution, these films honor their stories, resistance and truth. After the screening, filmmakers and activists converge in a panel discussion, to surface from the raging depths of Islamophobia and racism, and bridge LGBTQ human rights, spiritual acceptance and social justice movements.

Once Upon a Time...a girl rode the second wave of feminism over a maelstrom of obstacles to find solace on the shores of a new country. With the bitter label Fahisha, LGBTQ Muslim youth try to find the balance between their sexuality and their faith. Every drop of pride counts during a Double Shiftconfronting family and religious taboos. Change percolates through the life of a young Egyptian woman when she receives The Invitation. The dappled reflection of a Two-Spirit artistemerges in Of Truth A Canvas. Life is saturated with Resistance & Subsistence for a poet activist creating transformational art. A daughter of the Iranian Revolution is inundated with her mother’s lost stories when she writes A Letter Home. The stories of three generations of Iranian women are Passing Through Like Water steeped in history and memory. The riptide of loss and endurance permeate the stories for women and girls leading the crest of resistance in Revolution Syria.

Once Upon a Time...
(Happy Hyder, 2012)

Fahisha
(Nabila Eltantawy, 2012)

Double Shift
(Shartaraw Moses, Khalillah Shabazz, 2013)

The Invitation
(Heba Gamal, 2009)

Of Truth A Canvas
(Monely Soltani, 2012)

Resistance & Subsistance
(Shreya Shah, 2013)

A Letter Home
(Shazi Davis, 2009)

Passing Through Like Water
(Monely Soltani, 2009)

Revolution Syria
(Weyam Ghabian, 2013)


Running Time: 100 minutes

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Sun, June 16

CENTERPIECE SCREENING: CHOOSING US

SUN, JUNE 16
2PM

DOORS OPEN: 1PM

From the drift between a Chicana mother and daughter, to the crashing undertow of exes, from a young queer API woman accepting herself, to the bouyant swells of chosen family for a Japanese immigrant mother, to queer Black women, Don't Ask Don't Tell and DOMA, to queer Latinas raising children, this afternoon is awash with films that fill our spirits.

Obachan journeys from Tokyo to Little Rock where she is showered with the love of her chosen queer family. A lifetime of struggle and separation evaporate for a lesbian and her mother when they take a Breath. The porous barriers between family judgment and internalized shame are responsible for The Queering of Her Anxiety. Seeing her ex with a new beaut Triggered an overflow of memories. Despite the impact of important relationships on her recovery, a woman stays Committed to sobriety. The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell fails to trickle down into the ranks of queer soldiers in This We'll Defend. A daughter plumbs the life and glittering influences of My Father, Maria Callas and Me. The immense convergence of her Abuelito’s passing and her Abuelita’s lessons show a woman that Love Needs No Words. A chosen family copes though hardships through the glittering uprush of The Green House. Joy and acceptance spring from the Corazon de Familia for queer Latina families.

Obachan
(Martha Tio Eshleman, 2013)

Breath
(Randi Romo, 2013)

The Queering of Her Anxiety
(Karolyn Wong, 2012)

Little Fingers
(Savannah Boykins & Miranda Wilson, 2013)

Triggered
(Arnetta Smith, 2012)

Committed
(Gaby Rodriguez, 2012)

This We'll Defend
(Davelle Barnes, 2013)

My Father, Maria Callas and Me
(Annette Clough, 2011)

Love Needs No Words
(Susana Caceres, 2013)

The Green house
(Sugriel Reyes, 2013)

Corazon de Familia
(QWOCMAP Productions, 2013)

Running Time: 80 minutes


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CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING: LIFEGIVING

SUN, JUNE 16
6PM

RECEPTION & DOORS OPEN: 5PM

From the powerful rivers of Hawaiian and Navajo cultures, to Caribbean mangrovesand the humid South, from a queer Xicana's connections to her culture, to the reservoirs of queer artists of color, the confluence of these films shows that land and art are tributaries of freedom.

A Black lesbian finds surcease by Remembering Ana through altar building and a vibrant Austin garden. The healing swells and surf of Ka Mana O Ke Ola allow a young woman to mourn and find life. From Far Afieldthe cerulean beauty of the Caribbean experience is found in the queerest ports. A Long Journey Home winds through the misty byways of disconnectedness and African-American roots. A Dine’ sheep producer on the Navajo Indian Nation draws from the well of culture in Shi’Life. A journey through queer and cultural identity creates the broth that flavors Life Y Pozole. From the shallows of Survivn' to the teeming depths of thriving, what does it mean to be brown and queer? A Brooklyn-transplant queer Hapa starts her own club in San Francisco to prevent a Faceplant. Art and life blend together in a mix that is purely Serendipity. An urban Indian makes A Journey To Beauty in the Navajo Nation to work with survivors. When dowsed with love and creativity Trees nourish the world. Devin Howard: Potter finds self-acceptance through traditional art. Riding the waves of American history from a '30s Depression-era orphanage to the rising feminist and Asian American movements of the '70s, The Worlds of Bernice Bing explores this life of this little-known Abstract Expressionist painter, Beat-era Existentialist, Buddhist and Chinese American lesbian.

Remembering Ana
(Priscilla Hale, 2013)

Ka Mana O Ke Ola
(Megan Cabral, 2013)

From Far Afield
(Lyndon K Gill, 2013)

A Long Journey Home
(Louise Garey, Rose Pulliam, Katrina Simpson, 2013)

Shi'Life
(Carrie House, 2013)

Life Y Pozole
(Candy Guinea, 2012)

Survivn'
(Toi Scott, 2013)

Faceplant
(Ingrid Hu Dahl, 2013)

Serendipity
(Jennifer Brody, 2013)

A Journey To Beauty
(Glenda Dillingham, 2013)


Trees
(Lillian Stevens, 2013)

Devin Howard: Potter
(Carey Tully, 2013)

The Worlds of Bernice Bing
(Madeleine Lim, 2013)

Running Time: 85 minutes


COMMUNITY PARTNERS

CLOSING NIGHT PARTY

SUN, JUNE 16
9PM

AWARD CEREMONY
10PM

$10 to $25

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Music by DJ Wepa & DJ AlmiuX

The Audience Award for Best Film will close out the 9th annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival. Join us for fierce fun with fabulous friends!

Slate
2925 16th Street @ S. Van Ness, SF