By Maggie McPhee
Friday August 23 at 9:00 pm – SFU Goldcorp
This beautifully shot documentary builds an intimate portrait of Swedish hip-hop artist Silvana Imam as she risks everything to tackle a slew of social justice issues through her music. Silvana draws upon her experiences as a queer, mixed-race immigrant woman living in diaspora to speak out on the refugee crisis, misogyny in the music industry and zeonophobia. “It’s very feminist, it’s very queer, it’s very anti-racist,” says VQFF Artistic Director Anoushka Ratnarajah.
Friday August 23 at 9:00 pm – York Theatre
This web-series based on the lives of its creators Bea Cordella and Daniel Kyrl follows Jo and Carter, a young trans-woman and queer black man, as they search for lasting love in Chicago’s queer community. The best friends and ex-partners contest with their past and present adversaries, asserting their self-worth in a world that would have it otherwise.
Thursday August 22 at 7:00 pm – International Village
An experimental coming of age story about a teenager whose regimented New York life gets turned upside down when she’s sent to live with her estranged grandmother is Los Angeles. Told with a nuanced understanding of the history of black bodies and stories on screen, and tackling underrepresented issues of mental health and disordered eating, Solace invites audiences closer to embodied experiences of black queerness. Debut director Tchaiko Omawale will be in attendance for a Q&A.
Thursday August 15 at 7:00 pm – Vancouver Playhouse
Wednesday August 21 at 7:00 pm – International Village
Dung Thunderbolt, an embittered debt-collector with a penchant for throwing punches, falls for the star of a local folk opera troupe in 1980s Saigon. Their relationship inspires Dung to reconnect with the creative and sensitive boy he once was, and to reconcile with a long line of damaged relationships. Director Leon Le’s operatic first feature film pays tribute to Vietnam’s most iconic city and the life-changing potential of new love.
GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH
Friday August 16 at 6:30 pm – SFU Goldcorp
In response to the increased descrimintory legislation against LGBTQ people being passed since the 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir and The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir set off on a tour of the American Deep South. There, they confront ghosts from the past and venomous bigotry, but through it all foster deep dialogue with different communities about resilience, celebration and healing. “Music is a kind of language,” says VQFF artistic director Anoushka Ratnarajah. “And when people have a collective experience of listening to music together it creates this really intense connection.” Director David Charles Rodquigues and San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig will be in attendance for an artist Q&A.