KUIRFEST Berlin 23.05.2019 – 07.06.2019
Curated by Esra Özban and Esma Akyel
Transgressing boundaries and (re)creating areas for transnational solidarity against the ‘indefinite ban’ on LGBTI+ events in Ankara, KuirFest Berlin presents a series of films, talks, performances and workshops in the programme ‘Queer Feminist Rebels’. Curated by Esra Özban and Esma Akyel from Pembe Hayat KuirFest – Pink Life QueerFest, this year’s programme will gather documentary, fiction, shorts, web-series and experimental works by female, non-binary and trans filmmakers; the programme invites you a rebellious engagement with dominant modes of filmmaking and mainstream LGBTI+ representations. ‘Queer Feminist Rebels’ offers you various areas of encounter with queer feminist counter-histories, time/space/gender bender narratives, queer feminist killjoys and/or joymakers.
Esra Özban, after graduating from Economics at Bogazici University, continued her graduate studies at Goldsmiths, University of London in ‘Film and Screen Studies’ MA programme. Özban is the festival director and has worked as a programmer & coordinator at Pembe Hayat KuirFest since 2014. Esra also taught film-related courses at Bilkent and TED Universities and is a member of Atina Collective.
Esma Akyel, graduated from the Media and Visual Studies program of Bilkent University with their master thesis titled ‘Repetition in Film Form: The Case of Kim Ki-duk’. They worked as a social cohesion officer in SGDD-ASAM which is an association founded for supporting refugees live in Turkey. They now work as the festival coordinator of Pink Life QueerFest. They are also a member of Dramaqueer Art Collective.
Pembe Hayat KuirFest / Pink Life QueerFest, organized by Pembe Hayat LGBTI+ Association, aims to open gender roles to discussion, to increase the visibility of LGBTI+ culture and their organizations, to create spaces of self expression and to attract attention to queer politics by making use of the high level of influence of arts; and provides dialogue spaces for the productions and discussions of queer art and queer cinema.