On Queering Friendship

Monday, January 1, 2022 | 12am EST


The screening will be available on this page at 5:30 p.m. EST and a panel discussion will be followed by it on Zoom (Registration required). For the screening, please ensure you have bought a ticket / availed a free ticket from www.tqff.ca/tickets

If you miss this screening and panel discussion, fear not, this will be archived and available on our website post the event.

In this screening and discussion of the film, Disruption Embraced, ten first generation disabled and mad artists discuss their personal histories, reflecting on critical experiences that stoked their passion towards their art. Central in their stories is the creative disruption and productive force disability plays in their work. This force, or disability aesthetics, manifests in the products of their art and in the process of art making. These artists are actors, singers, sculptures, sewers, and photographers who demonstrate the value of disability through art. Their work speaks back to discrimination and exclusion within normative art/practices. Their work re-images the art landscape for the 21st century.

Filmed in 2018, this documentary describes how disability, and disability art, is weaved into the stories told about Canada and its people. As access and collaboration were key to the success of the project, the makers also produced the documentary in different formats, including closed captioning, American Sign Language and Audio-Described versions.

The Disruption Embraced screening will be followed by a moderated panel discussion featuring the filmmakers, directors, artists, and participants in the film.


Mimi Zhu

(they/them) is a Brooklyn-based queer ChineseAustralian femme writer, artist and community organizer. They facilitate workshops that are dedicated to the healing power of the written word. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, PAPER, The Guardian, Slate, Artnet, and more. Their debut book, Be Not Afraid of Love, is slated for release in August 2022 with Penguin House Books.

Sania Khan

(they/she) is an award-winning Tkarontobased queer Pakistani filmmaker, researcher and cultural strategist. Their interdisciplinary praxis explores liberated futures, healing justice, digital futurism & embodied dreaming for Black, Indigenous, racialized and working class communities. They currently serve as Founder and Executive Director of Solar House Productions (SHP), a non-profit organization that provides self-identified Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, and disabled pre/ emerging filmmakers in Canada with professional development opportunities. Their very queer and soft debut short film, Custard, is currently in post-production.

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