Thursday 12.07.2018 at 8 pm
Co-curated by Esra Özban and Saadat Munir
Two curators will have a discussion on the selection, Aks International Minorities Festival and Pembe Hayat KuirFest in relation to the general theme of migration & mobility and its queer interpretations.
Half a Life (Tamara Shogaolu, NL/US/EG, 2017)
Mondial 2010 (Roy Dib, LB, 2017)
Crystal Lake (Jennifer Reeder, US, 2016)
Brother, Omar Mateen (Saad Khan, US, 2016)
The Streets Are Ours (Michelle Fiordaliso, US, 2017)
Half a Life, is an intimate journey into the life of a young gay activist in Egypt. Borrowing the aesthetics of a travel video log, Mondial 2010 is a discussion of institutional borders in modern day Middle East. An anthem for young feminists, Crystal Lake presents female friendship as a means to survive adolescence. Brother, Omar Mateen tells the story of a Muslim queer Pakistani immigrant to the US empathizes with Omar Mateen. The Streets are Ours is a farewell, a tribute for Sabeen Mahmud and its legacy containing the penultimate interview with her.
Saadat Munir was born into the dichotomy of European and Asian culture. From childhood, he was blessed with the opportunity to experience both cultures equally, having been raised in Denmark by his Pakistani parents. In his short time as a filmmaker, Munir has been awarded several honours for his work and has recently been an official Talent at Berlinale 2015. Apart from film production, he is an experienced film curator/programmer, critic and has also served as jurist at various national and international film festivals. Presently, Munir is a creative director of Aks Film, Art and Dialogue, a bi-national film festival for minorities and marginalized communities that illuminate socio-political aspects of transgender, queer, people of color (POC) living in Pakistan and Denmark.
Aks International Minorities Festival, launched in April 2014, is a global human rights initiative designed to facilitate an already existing socio-political and cultural dialogue. The organization aims to promote the visibility of minorities and marginalized groups and communities. AKS festival screens films, accompanied by discussions and debates, organizes educational workshops and performing arts events that promote awareness and dialogue about issues impacting minorities groups.