KUIRFEST Berlin 07.06.2018 – 12.07.2018
Curated by Esra Özban
Pembe Hayat KuirFest (Pink Life QueerFest), the first and only queer film festival in Turkey, is visiting Berlin in collaboration with bi’bak. KuirFest Berlin presents you a film and discussion series that engages with migration and mobility issues from non-Western queer perspectives. It gathers shorts, documentaries, fictions and series that explore different ways of commenting on hegemonic border politics and their encounters with body, sexuality and gender. The selection aims not only to tell a wide range of stories on queer migrants, border-crossings and liminalities of bodies, but also invites the audience to think collectively about how to queer narratives of migration and body politics.
Esra Özban graduated from Economics and Film Studies at Boğaziçi University in 2012. She has completed her masters in Film and Screen Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has been working as a coordinator for Pink Life QueerFest since2014. Esra also teaches film-related courses at Bilkent and TED Universities and is a member of newly founded Atina Collective.
Pink Life QueerFest, organized by Pink Life LGBTT Solidarity Association, aims to open gender roles to discussion, to increase the visibility of LGBTI+ individuals, culture and their organizations, to create spaces of self expression and to attract attention to queerpolitics by making use of the high level of influence of arts.