Friday, December 08 @ 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The opening ceremony of the festival with performances.
(Opening cocktail party)
As Human As I Am (2017)
30 minutes | Human Rights Documentary
LGBTI activists in Nepal fight for the recognition of a 'third gender' category. Religious leaders in Malawi come face to face with the very people that they condemn. In Fiji, a school teacher challenges his students to question their belief that homosexuality is wrong.
Sexual and gender minority groups around the world face many forms of discrimination and persecution. 'As Human as I Am' documents stories and strategies from LGBTI communities in Nepal, Malawi and Fiji, as they campaign for recognition, protection and inclusion. Although human sexuality and gender identity is incredibly diverse, everyone is born with the same right to live and love freely, without fear of oppression or exclusion.
Directed by Alice McDowell, Malawi, Fiji, Nepal
Alexa Human (2017) +Q&A
11 minutes and 43 Seconds | Uganda| Documentary.
Not many people have the same courage as Alexa Human. Although he lives in a country
where homosexuality is a crime, and the LGBT+-community suffers from discrimination,
persecution and hate, he will not give up. He wants a better tomorrow. Alexa Human is a short documentary that portrays 25-year-old Alexa, who is a transman and lives in Kasese in Western Uganda. Alexa wants to fight for better rights for LGBT+-people, and has therefore started his very own LGBT+-organization, as the first one of its kind in whole Western Uganda. Here he helps everyone who needs help and support. And so far, nothing has put an end to his dream.
Directed by Ann-Sofie Grarup & Anna Josephine Jakobsen
Sununú: The Revolution of Love (2017)
24 minutes 20 seconds | Documentary, LGBTQ, Latin America
Trans Dad Fernando Machado became an international news sensation when he announced he was pregnant with his Trans girlfriend Diane Rodriguez in Ecuador last year. This film is an intimate and touching portrayal of a couple getting to grips with parenthood while they challenge complex ideas of gender roles. With exclusive access to the new family in its earliest days, we see how this remarkable duo balance parenting with a career in activism.
Directed by Olivia Crellin , Ecuador
Celebrate Eileen! (2017)
25 minutes |Drama
Trapped in the wrong body, Eileen wants to finally start living her life as a girl tomorrow. But today her best friend Ella throws a good-bye party for Eileen's old self Leon. The party turns into desaster when no one shows up. The two friends decide to confront the guests who didn't show and dive into an absurd odyssey thru town that changes everything.
Directed by Judith Westermann , Germany
10 minutes | History, Drama, African American, LGBTQ, Women
1848 Virginia. Slave couple Sam and Ninny execute an escape after their slave master George makes an unconscionable advance. 'Masquerade, A Story of the Old South' is an uncommon slave narrative, capturing the experience of both African Americans and gay people during this complicated time.
Directed by Andrew Hawkins, United States
15 minutes 44 seconds | Republic of Korea, Short
Sohee meets up with her ex-girlfriend Areum who is about to set off to live abroad in Germany. Sohee takes custody of Momo, the cat they once shared. But Sohee's current girlfriend Yujin sees Momo as a reminder of Areum and becomes upset. The three women are forced to reexamine their relationships to each other as they become further entangled with Momo.
Directed by Yun Joo Chang
My Gay Sister (2017)
15 Minutes |Sweden | Norway
In My Gay Sister (Min Homosyster), a ten-year-old Cleo has a head full of questions: How can I tell if I'm in love with somebody? How do I know if I prefer boys or girls? Since her older sister began dating another girl, there are new, strange feelings stirring inside Cleo. During a trip to the Norwegian fjords, she broaches the subject with the young couple and is given some helpful advice.
Directed by Lia Hietala
Skype Q&A Session
Broken Promises (2017)
6 minutes, 28 seconds | Queer Music Video
Roxie has had a tough past struggling with alcoholism and anger issues. Her workaholic partner Beth has helped her change her ways, however Roxie still faces challenges every day. They endure an intense rollercoaster of a relationship
Directed by Hayley Repton, United Kingdom