Queer Shorts Program – Our Poetics | QUEER AMSTERDAM 2024

Queer Shorts Program – Our Poetics | QUEER AMSTERDAM 2024

We are hosting a queer shorts program on the 23rd and the 27th of July. We will be screening four different short films that underline themes of liberation, self-identity, oppression, queerness and more. Every short illustrates poetic ways to reconnect with and retell the stories that have shaped our communities and identities, each in its own way.

 

On the screening of these shorts on the 27th of July, we will host a reflective panel discussions with Devika Chotoe (she/her), a performance artist, writer, playwright and freelance film journalist, on the role of poetic expression in the fight towards (queer) liberation. Departing from queer and decolonial frameworks, Chotoe’s work is rooted in researching how art can initiate processes of transformation, bridge differences and start meaningful conversations. Eventually striving for self and collective healing, the emancipation of our imagination and the embodiment of change.

 

Chotoe graduated from the School for New Dance Development (AHK) in 2022. She currently holds the position of research fellow at If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and writes for the Filmkrant.

 

These screenings are part of our Queer Amsterdam Hub events. Click here to see our other events!

 


NOTE!

There is a difference between the two screenings, as the included panel talk is ONLY included on the screening on the 27th of July.

NOTE!

The following four shorts will be screened in English with English subtitles:


  • Goodbye First Love (2024) – dir. Shuli Huang

He pays him a visit in Frankfurt during his work trip in Europe. He talks about their time in Beijing, back in 2015. He listens and, sometimes, answers, unblurring those seemingly important details, which do not matter any longer. Worn-out joy and fresh weariness. This could be the last time he sees him.


  • Bonnarien (2024) – dir. Adiel Goliot

Bonnarien is Mauricette’s surname, it means ‘no good’ in English and she’s determined to change it. A slam poet during her free time, Mauricette understands the potential words possess to inflict great harm. She decides to use her craft to free herself from a colonial name that was imposed onto her ancestors and in doing so, heal long-standing generational trauma. Set in French Guiana, Bonnarien is Adiel Goliot’s first fiction short. With a stellar cast and performance, Goliot’s tender film finds power in reclamation.


  • 315 (2024) – dir. Daniel Jacoby

A sequence of family anecdotes and historical events coinciding with the artist’s date of birth, takes on a different tone as he unearths what happened in his native Peru on that day in 1989. With the notion of the vastly neglected anti-LGBT hate crime, a new narrative emerges from the same memories.


  • Area Boy (2023) – dir. Iggy London

An aimless teenager, Eli, has moved to the outer edges of a provincial town with his mother. As he settles in, he tries to escape the bleakness of life and navigating questions of self-identity, by balancing his time between his delinquent friends and the church community. Torn between two worlds, Eli must find himself and embrace who he truly is.

Speelduur: 67 min

Taal: Engels

Ondertiteling: Engels

Still Queer Shorts Program – Our Poetics | QUEER AMSTERDAM 2024
Still Queer Shorts Program – Our Poetics | QUEER AMSTERDAM 2024
Still Queer Shorts Program – Our Poetics | QUEER AMSTERDAM 2024
Still Queer Shorts Program – Our Poetics | QUEER AMSTERDAM 2024
Still Queer Shorts Program – Our Poetics | QUEER AMSTERDAM 2024
Still Queer Shorts Program – Our Poetics | QUEER AMSTERDAM 2024