Are you ready for #desire
Desire: Shorts Program
The Wild Woman in the Woods
Shani Mootoo, #Canada
, 1993, 14 mins
A #South #Asian #woman
adopts butch signifiers from white #lesbian
culture as an antidote to her invisibility but, as a femme at heart, she doesn’t really know how to do the things butches are apparently supposed to do. Her search for courage takes her into the mountains where she encounters her idol, a feisty #goddess
who has no time for timidity, roles, or rules.
Ian Rashid and Kaspar Saxena, Canada, 1991, 30 mins
An exploration of the response of #diasporic
South Asian #communities
to the #AIDS
crisis told through #interviews
, an examination of facts, and a weaving of images. At the core of the film are the #testimonials
of artists and activists – gay, lesbian, and straight – to the barriers and successes of organizing around the AIDS crisis.
Coconut/Cane & Cutlass
Michelle Mohabeer, Canada, 1994, 30 mins
A poetic rumination on #exile
, and nationhood from the perspective of an #Indo #Caribbean
lesbian who migrated to Canada 20 years ago, Coconut/ Cane & Cutlasslayers front-screen projection, re-created #archival
images, oral narratives/#histories
, and $dramatic scenes. -KO
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Longing and Belonging: 1990s South Asian Film and Video
The 1990s were a time of significant cultural production within Canada’s South Asian arts communities. Influenced by the 1980s #Black #Arts #Movement
, and in opposition to state-sponsored #multiculturalism
paradigms in Canada, South Asian became a generous identifier for a variety of communities united by more than geography. Longing and Belonging is loosely structured around themes of diaspora, desire, and identity.
Longing and Belonging is curated by Zool Suleman. Read his essay HERE.