Monday, June 17, 2017 | 7pm EST
| 83 min.

June 17, 2017
Doors: 6:30pm
Screening: 7:00pm

This program celebrates queer resilience and strength in the way histories are honoured, thoughtfully re-read, and re-written. These films are about creating space within ourselves and in our communities to thrive, while also holding space to recognize the traumas we carry. The films tease out the different ways that queerness is phoenix-like: transforming, adapting, cycling-through experiences towards newer incarnations of ourselves and our relationships to the world.


Steelworker’s Hall
25 Cecil St, Toronto, ON M5T 1N1
PWYC, suggested donation: $5 – $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.

All screenings are PWYC and wheelchair accessible. This screening will be closed-captioned and ASL-interpreted. Please contact us if you have any additional accessibility-related inquiries.


The Garden of Loved Ones

Janette López

7 min | Mexico | 2016

Blanca, a young woman searches far and wide for a beloved person in Mexico. She meets a little girl on her journey, who guides her in the right direction. The reunion turns out to be bittersweet and Blanca has a tough decision to make.

A Celebration of Darkness

Jaene Castrillion

7 min | Canada | 2015

A woman with a tortured past is triggered to take an unexpected walk down memory lane, giving her a chance to make peace with her past. Does she find a way to celebrate darkness or does she become engulfed forever by it? This project was made possible by the LIFT/ImagineNATIVE 16 mm Film Mentorship.


Briana Blades and Kristin Kent

6 min | Canada | 2014

A documentary about genderqueer journalist, poet and artist Jess Sachse who is living with a congenital disability.

Butch Coyolxauhqui

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez

4 min | Canada | 2016

In Aztec mythology, the goddess Coyolxauhqui was severed into pieces by her brother, the god of war. Through stop motion animation, this film recounts the lessons learned by a queer daughter from her round mother’s body, framed by the story of Coyolxauhqui.

BLMTO: Black Pride

Michael Toledano

4 min | Canada | 2016

Black Lives Matter – Toronto activists stage a sit in at the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade to demand an end to anti-Blackness in addition to a list of specific changes at the Pride Toronto organization.

Continuous Resistance Remix

Fallon Simard

5 min | Canada | 2015

Continuous Resistance Remix is a 5 minute video that remixes 30 youtube videos that document state violence(s) perpetuated on indigenous bodies.


Wrik Mead

7 min | Canada | 2016

Making use of a dizzying array of anti-gay protest footage captured and posted on the internet, Mead’s protagonist bears witness to the fractures, shifts and resistances that have brought us to this time in LGBTQ history.


Pioneer Winter and Tabatha Mudra

5 min | United States | 2016

The title of this work discloses its origin: ‘gimp’, a slur meant to mark a weak or handicapped person and ‘gait’, the manner or style of a person’s walk. The subjects do not hide these from you – do you have a good view? Can you notice every part of their bodies – both the similarities and differences? This is Marjorie, and she wants you to witness her. This is Pioneer, and he is performing Marjorie’s power.


Maja Borg

12 min | Sweden | 2016

MAN is a dramatisation of the biological and cultural body in transformation – a unique crossing of gender through the wilderness of pregnancy – echoed by the sole remaining recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice.

Mi Familia 2: Class Order Family Tribe

Rob Fatal

26 min | United States | 2015

Mi Familia 2: Class Order Family Tribe is a silent, experimental documentary by Queer/Latino/Native American filmmaker Rob Fatal. The film is comprised entirely of 60 year old 8mm footage created by the filmmaker’s matrilineal Native American family as they struggled to survive poverty, racism, and boredom in 1960s Central California.

83 min