Glitch Film Festival, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 24 March – 1 April, 2017



Glitch is the first LGBT+ people of colour led and focused film festival in all of Europe. The organises believe the festival to be of both cultural and political significance in combating racism, homophobia and sexism. Their approach is to create an international platform for high quality art created by LGBT+ people of colour which welcomes everybody.

GLITCH Film Festival is a groundbreaking LGBTIQA+ film festival with international reach, supported by Creative Scotland.

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Entry to all Glitch Film Festival events is free – ‘we are passionate about the arts being accessible to everyone’.

Tickets available at welcome desk 1 hour before start of film. First come, first served.

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Their innovative curation has achieved international recognition with festival director, Nosheen Khwaja, sitting upon the Teddy Awards Jury at the 2016 Berlinale plus international tours of a selected shorts programme.

Events Include:


6pm Friday 24th March, Intermedia Gallery, Top floor

 Daniel Baker Exhibition opening 

 This exhibition features works that play with the duality of display and concealment often found in Romani visuality and by doing so evokes the disruption that remains central to contemporary Roma experience. The complex navigations of visibility highlight both the emancipatory value and the risky politics of being seen.

 Daniel Baker will give an artist’s talk at the CCA Cinema 5pm Saturday 25th March.
Drinks will be served courtesy of Barefoot Wines




7:15 pm Friday 24th March @ CCA Theatre

 Moving through three life eras of one man, characterised by his evolving names of “Little”, “Chiron” and “Black.” Some constants in the life of Chiron are his close relationship with childhood friend Kevin, his mother and the passing cruelty and lingering friendship of strangers. In a world where it’s existence is effectively forbidden his sexual desire for men is turned inwards and hidden. This important and award winning film explores complexities of contemporary black masculinity in the US through the prism of lovingly observed specificities. The lush score, at times dreamy imagery and the choreography of movement of people through the shots expand on the commanding central performances.Trailer

Moonlight | Dir. Barry Jenkins | 110 mins | USA | 2016

With Shorts Programme Preview

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Semiotics of Sab | Dir. Tina Takemoto | 5:35mins | USA |2016
This experimental film essay explores the poetics of identity through an oblique portrait of gay Japanese American actor Sab Shimono, whose work on stage and screen spans more than five decades. The grammatology of his career attests to conflicting lexicons of race, representation, and selfhood.

An Ecstatic Experience| Dir. Ja’Tovia Gary | 6:11mins | USA | 2015
UK Premiere
Enlivened with animation, this short reflects on the ongoing struggle for black liberation in the US and how its continuous absence is simultaneous to moments of ecstasy and profound vision.

Dancer As Insurgent | Dir. Simon Schultz | USA | 17:26mins | 2015
UK Premiere
Chicago-based dancer and activist Benjamin Hart (part of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the New York and Chicago Ballroom Scene) reflects on the relation between art and activism. He asks: What can this art form teach us about the ways that our community is struggling (and) also the ways our community has struggled for a very long, long time?

Shudo | Dirs. T-Anh Bach, Charles Badiller & Hugo Weiss | 2:02mins| France | 2015
Fresh wounds remind of old caresses.

Golden Golden | Dir. Erica Cho | USA | 14:46mins | 2016
UK Premiere
Two broke 20-somethings visit a fortune-teller and – gazing into their co-joined crystal balls – have new visions of desiring and becoming, across Asian, Black, and Latinx imaginaries.

Black is Blue | Dir. Cheryl Dunye |USA | 21mins | 2014
Black works as a security guard in an apartment complex whilst living out of his car. In his new life as a man there are many elements to cause uncertainty, but through a confrontation with a former lover he gets a clearer, stronger sense of who he is.

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

12pm Sunday 26th March @ CCA Theatre

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things 26:03:2017

Dirs. Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa | 71mins | Canada | 2016

With Directors Q&A

 An Inuit woman profiled in the film, Jesse Mike explains that “two soft things rubbing against each other” is the literal translation of an Inuktitut term for lesbian relationships, while “two hard things rubbing against each other” signifies gay male sexuality. This documentary offers fascinating insight into attitudes to queer sexuality in contemporary Inuit society and traces the violent legacy of colonialism that eclipsed an earlier Inuit embracing of polygamy and same sex relationships.

Aviliaq: Entwined | Dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | 15mins | Canada | 2014

 Aviliaq: Entwined is set in a 1950’s arctic outpost camp, and tells the story of two Inuit lesbians struggling to stay together in a new world run by outsiders.

Miss Bulalacao

Sun 26 March 2017 – 2 p.m. F-rated (+15) Free unticketed.

Living in a slow sleepy fishing village a young drag queen, Dodong (sensitively portrayed by artist Russ Ligtas) enters a barangay gay pageant looking lovely. However, instead of applause, he is met with hostility from his father, who chases him into the jungle, where he sobs to a lone bright star. What follows is the strangest night in his entire life, and an even stranger nine months when he realises he is pregnant.

Dir. Ara Chawdhury | 90mins | Phillipines | 2015 | Screening with English subtitles

This film is F-rated. Films are given an F-rating if directed by women, written by women and/or present significant female characters on screen, in their own right.

Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan & Panel Discussion

Sun 26 March 2017 2pm, Free (unticketed), Cinema, 14+ accompanied by an adult / F-Rated

One of the first documentaries to examine LGBT life in Pakistan, this film gives an even handed coverage of the LGBT spectrum with both trans, gay and lesbian people interviewed – sometimes with their faces blurred to protect their identities, sometimes openly. Hearing a Pakistani trans man being interviewed to camera feels of enormous historical significance. Poshida also offers historical and cultural context for the simultaneous existence of both acceptance and violent rejection in Pakistani society of Kwhaja sra (queer/trans people).

Dir. Fiaz Faizan | 25mins | Pakistan | 2015 | Screening with English subtitles + BSL interpretation for panel discussion

This film is F-rated. Films are given an F-rating if directed by women, written by women and/or present significant female characters on screen, in their own right.

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

Full details see: GLITCH Film Festival – CCA

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