Obsidian: Black Queer Cinema: AS I AM

14 August 2022
1:45 PM

LOCATION
VIFF Centre Vancity Theatre

11 AUGUST TO 21 AUGUST 2022

LOCATION
Virtual

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AS I AM explores the joys and challenges of navigating the unique experience of being Black and Queer. Coming out is just the beginning, at the intersections of sexual expression and race relations, self-worth is in a state of constant flux. Influenced by family, culture, religion, living against the colonial paradigm, self-determination and acceptance becomes the exhale of Black queer existence. This collection of films unapologetically shares stories of self reflection and fulfilment as the directors examine what it means to come into their own queer beings, reclaiming the right to shape our most authentic complex selves.

Followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with guest curator Mahlet Cuff, Ayo Tsalithaba, and Dr. Kwame McKenzie.

Total Runtime: 68 min

HOW TO RAISE A BLACK BOY

Justice Jamal Jones / USA / 2020 / 13 min / English

Heaven Reaches Down to Earth

Tebogo Malebogo / South Africa / 2020 / 10 min / English

Reluctantly Queer

Akosua Adoma Owusu / Ghana / 2016 / 8 min / English

Atmospheric Arrivals

Ayo Tsalithaba / Canada / 2021 / 6 min / English

Abundance

Amber J. Phillips / USA / 2021 / 31 min / English