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GLORIA MERCER | CANADA | 2020 | 16 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis: In the near future, cities are crowded, nature is sparse, and children attend school in hyper-realistic virtual reality. Marion, a teenage girl escaping a stifling home life, falls in love with another student, but can’t be sure if her feelings are real or if this is part of the simulation.
CAILLEAH SCOTT-GRIMES | CANADA | 2020 | 17 MIN | V.O. JAPONAISE & A. S.-T.A. / JAPANESE & ENGLISH S.-T.EN.
Synopsis:Kei longs for a “normal” life in rural Japan. But for a transgender man who is jobless in his own hometown, getting to normal is one steep climb, especially since Erin, his Canadian partner, longs to move to Tokyo, where they can live openly and freely. By chance, turning up at a hot spring Kei once loved as a child, the couple – one on the men’s side, the other, on the women’s – must face the truth about their divergent wishes, identities, and murky notions of belonging.
Noor & Layla
FAWZIA MARZI | CANADA | 2021 | 13 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis:Noor and Layla are breaking up. Is it the end of the road for these two Muslim women… or is it the beginning? Noor & Layla is about reclaiming ritual through the love story of two queer, Muslim women, told at five different moments in their relationship, marked by the five calls to prayer.
Shea, by Nasra
EFFY ADAR | CANADA | 2020 | 4 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis:A family displaced by greed searches for a new home in a foreign place. As they explore, they discover pieces of themselves; old and new. Shea celebrates what has always remained in Black/African peoples, an innate sense of home, luxury and interconnectedness.
Cruising: Other Ways of Love
ABDULLAH QURESHI | CANADA | 2020 | 9 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis:Employing a fictional and experimental narrative structure, Cruising considers the practice from a mythological and queer perspective with visuals drawing upon the memories, encounters, and select characters from the paintings of the Pakistani artist, Anwar Saeed (b. 1955).
ALI MASHAYEKHI | CANADA | 2020 | 7 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis:When a couple breaks up, they no longer recognize each other.
Red String of Fate (Unmei No Akai Ito)
LOVINA YAVARI & LANCE FERNANDES | CANADA | 2021 | 10 MIN | V.O.A. / ENGLISH
Synopsis: In the year 2090, a robotics engineer tries to bring her fallen lover back to life.
ERIC PLAMONDON | CANADA | 2021 | 18 MIN | V.O.F. & A. S.-T.A. / FRENCH & ENGLISH S.-T.EN.
Synopsis: Riverside Queerness reveals hard moments in the Prairies’ shadowed queer history. Three storytellers navigate muddy waters in the deep rivers of Manitoba’s subconscious, where truth is blurred by the power of the currents.
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