Restoration, and renewal. Queer and Trans bodies in uninterrupted exchange with land and waters. In contemplation of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and their unique relationship to the natural world. Regenerate is a celebration of Queer connections to nature while critically assessing the root causes and power structures that displace our communities and destabilize the very connections that are vital to our survival. What happens when we honor and unearth the rurality of Queer experiences? This collection of shorts and roundtable talk, creatively explores Queer environmentalism, ideas grounded in envisioning systems that center the safety and sustainability of Queer and Trans communities. Environmental justice as an inextricable tie to Queer liberation, racial justice, disability justice, and Indigenous sovereignty.
Total runtime: 71 mins
Don’t miss a Q&A with directors from these films after the screening.
Stories from land back camp
Erik O'Neill / Canada / 2021 / 2 mins / English
Joseph Adesunloye / Botswana, Zimbabwe / 2019 / 12 mins / Shangaan, Tswana, English
Taking the Waters
Kathryn Ferguson, Anna Hart / United Kingdom / 2018 / 18 mins / English
Thirza Jean Cuthand / Canada / 2019 / 15 mins / English
Mateo Guez / Canada / 2009 / 76 mins / English, Tagalog
Adriana Laurent (she/her)
is originally from Honduras, and is a queer, mixed race (half Black/half white) immigrant who is passionate about the intersections of climate change, race, gender and migration and has been organizing on these issues for 6 years at an institutional and grassroots level. She’s been living on the territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations and this has helped shape her organizing for collective liberation.
“Aya Clappis, or, (SIMTU)“Timstu”, is a queer Afro-Indigenous truthteller and visual artist who currently resides on the unceded homelands of the Songhees and Esquaymalt First Nations. Aya’s ancestral lineages are of the Somali and Huu-ay-aiht First Nations. Their work strives to center decolonization, collective liberation and Indigenous sovereignty through mediums such as graphic art, poetry, and storytelling.”
Jaylen is an urban wildlife ecologist, animal behaviourist and educator. They are non-binary, queer, Black and latinx, and work to bring the intersections of their identity into their advocacy, education, and research. Jaylen was born in Toronto, a city built on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the (hoe-da-no-SHOW-nee) Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. In 2015 they relocated to Vancouver, a city built on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) first nations.
Udokam Iregbu is a Nigerian born and raised cis-gendered woman, living and working on unceded, stolen, traditional and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. This reality is one that Udokam uses to inform her anti-oppression, anti-colonial, Black feminist, queer, social justice work as a community organizer and educator.
jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree (SAWL-toh )Saulteaux Indigiqueer from the Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. simpson is a writer, advocate and activist sharing their knowledge and lived experiences in hope of creating utopia.
they are published in several magazines including and They are in two anthologies: Hustling Verse (2019) and Love After the End (2020). Their first poetry collection, it was never going to be okay (Nightwood Ed.) was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Award and a 2021 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Finalist while also winning the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry in English.