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4 Short Films

THURSDAY 8 MARCH 2012, HUB WESTMINSTER

 

To mark International Women's Day 2012 Open City London Documentary Festival, in partnership with Hub Westminster screened a programme of 4 short films that deal with gender and sexuality, but in very different ways. The screening was followed by an open discussion with filmmakers Timothy Ahrensbach, Amy Rose and Farinaz Nikbakht.

 


 

Home for the Golden Gays

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Nola Grace Gaardmand, Timothy Ahrensbach & Dennis Lehmann, 2011, 13mins   

The story of a special place, a home for elderly gay men in Manila, Filipines. Meet Leony, who spent most of his life as a prostitute for the American soldiers, Frederica who was abandoned by his mother for being too ‘girly’ and Semmy who spent his whole life hiding his sexuality. Zan Farinaz Nikbakht, 2005, 9min Three Iranian women of contrasting ages, life-style and background speak candidly about their individual lives and personal stories as they tell us how they freed themselves from oppression. Contrary to common belief, these women are not victims but fighters.

 


 

Zan

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Zan Farinaz Nikbakht, 2005, 9min   

Three Iranian women of contrasting ages, life-style and background speak candidly about their individual lives and personal stories as they tell us how they freed themselves from oppression. Contrary to common belief, these women are not victims but fighters.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dyketactics

Barbra Hammer, 1974, 4minsDyketactics

Barbara Hammer said recently in her major Tate Modern retrospective that Dyketactics is the first ever lesbian film showing lesbians made by a lesbian. Hammer has made films with what she calls a lesbian or queer aesthetic and has been documenting women and lesbian communities with experimental film techniques for 40 years.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Twinset

Amy Rose, 2010, 12minsTwinset

Tea and cake, stilettos and gentle murmurs; old ladies in an Essex church welcome a towering transvestite into their midst. But families ask questions that polite old ladies do not dare; this is an observational film about courage, family and the cost of being happy.