Friday, 21 January 2022
Imaged: Scripted for a wayward narrator, Samra Mayanja, 2020
F(r)ictions is a screening series that sprung up out of the desire to create a space for experimental short film, in reaction to the closing of 150 LGBTQ+ venues in London over the last two decades: the series prioritises the works of queer people and queer people of colour. The programme aims to host filmmakers and artists at all stages, promoting growth and knowledge exchange. This selection of short films is a small look into the varied works F(r)ictions has hosted over its three years: micro short films, documentaries, essay film, collage works, still image sequences, videos shot on cell phones. You will find themes of collage, touch, resistance and displacement.
7th of August
A homophobic tsunami engulfed Poland in 2020. Vilified by the ruling political party, the LGBTQ+ community became the target of an intense campaign supported by the church and public media. “7th of August” documents the day when the community said enough, demonstrating on the streets of Warsaw in defense of Margot, an activist from the Stop the Nonsense collective.
scripted for a wayward narrator
'scripted for a wayward narrator' constructs slow fictional narratives about two members of the artist's family and their cyclical road to death and exile. The film is a collision of audio-visual materials drawn from the artists collection of online archives, Ugandan cinema and images circulating through WhatsApp.
This essay film acts as a prelude or introduction into a future second part. Both autobiographical and poetic, it explores themes of intergenerational embodiment and the weight in viewing historic documents, all in the realm post Soviet art and sociality.
I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin
What cures women of sexual promiscuity? Eating lettuce, of course, at least according to one clergyman advising women on how to control their lust, as seen in Maryam Tafakory's film. Placed in counterpoint, fragments from Forough Farrokhzad’s poem Sin are read and written out in a celebration of sensuality.