Shorts: Slay 4 Me

Aug 18, 2023
9 PM

International Village - Theatre 8

Available Online
Aug 19 - 22
9 PM - 9 PM


This heartfelt, dazzling, and vulnerable program explores ballroom and drag in communities around the world.

Experience films alongside live performances by Bongganisa and Juan Alcuitas-Imperial, and stay for a talk about queer performance practices with the artists!

ASL interpretation will be provided during the performance and Q&A, and live captioning on screen will be used during the pre-screening announcements.

Content warning: Mentions of self-harm or suicide, homophobia, transphobia.

Total event runtime: 112 min

And They Were Loved

Malik Shamar Julien, Emily McClanahan / United States / 2023 / 39 min / English with captions

Set in the Deep South, this film explores creating safer spaces in hostile environments and centering the QTBIPOC community through sexual health advocacy, multimedia artistry, and ballroom culture.



Erich Rettstadt / Taiwan, United States / 2021 / 10 min / Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles

In her film debut, Taiwanese trans artist Marian Mesula delivers gas tanks across Taipei in red stilettos with an entourage of sequinned mice and inspires 10-year-old Jojo to finally dance in drag.

Content warning: Substance use.

Yaha Waha

Sarah Li / United Kingdom / 2021 / 31 min / English with captions

Anthony Pius is a Bharatanatyam dancer and drag queen from London. Almass Badat is a BBC DJ and a queer Muslim woman. Both explore British Asian identity and seek to be understood and celebrated through their work.