In the short film screening, co-curated by the Love & Anarchy festival and the feminist magazine Tulva, established power structures are challenged and shame is danced away! The five films seen in the screening examine the concepts of cultural identity, happiness and the power of community.
Four protagonists, based on their very own individual challenges and life circumstances, share different perspectives on the topic of happiness. The Sea Runs Thru My Veins offers a space where happiness is navigated and negotiated within personal and collective (post-) migrant and queer (His) stories.
When Eva lets loose and starts dancing at a company party, disapproving leers drive her away from the dance floor. To make matters worse, Eva’s new boss Kirsti humiliates her in front of everyone. Eva realises she can’t just accept the situation and decides to return on the dance floor to own the room and dance away the shame. Shake! is written and directed by Sonya Lindfors and Aino Suni, and it is part of the film sensation Yksittäistapaus.
The Manchador is a satire about life in modern day Tehran. Mina and Saeed live a stressful life in the Iranian capital. Being a woman in Iran is not particularly easy and Mina sees a future for the family elsewhere. She wants to move abroad, but Saeed then invents a device that places the responsibility for the hijab where it belongs – with the men whose gaze women need protection from.
A bittersweet love letter to adolescence in small town northern England.
Being black and gay means being two steps behind in life. In Father Figure, Vogue dancer Guilliano and his friends share personal experiences of homophobia, racism and marginalization and the ways in which they seek solace and a sense of community