Title: Unraveling Journeys: An Afternoon of Films
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Join the viet* collective for community justice in an afternoon of films, food and discussion to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
This gathering centers the presence of queer and trans folk who are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour and their family and friends, whose stories and experiences are erased and sidelined in mainstream narratives of the war.
We recognize that the impacts of the so-called “Vietnam War” exists beyond colonial borders and invite those historically forgotten and ignored in these conversations to share space with us as we explore the possibilities of life after and beyond the war.
A short film and a feature-length documentary will be screened (to be confirmed), followed by a lightly-facilitated discussion.
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
3:00pm – 6:00pm (doors open at 2:30pm)
[more info to come]
– ASL interpretation is available; please confirm this service by April 19th at 1:00pm by emailing vccj@protonmail[dot]com
– Wheelchair access is TBD (we are securing a wheelchair accessible venue)
– Washrooms are TBD
– Completely power-off your cell phones, wireless devices, and electrical devices before entering and while being in the space; if you require access to your device(s) please situate yourself in the designated low-EMF area
– Refrain from wearing scents the day before and during the event itself; this includes (and is not limited to) perfumes, hair products, cosmetics, and clothing washed in scented detergent/dried with scented dryer sheets
– Childcare is available; please confirm this service as soon as possible by emailing vccj@protonmail[dot]com
– Seating is TBD (we are ensuring a variety of seating options will be available)
– If you have any access requests and/or have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Film Synopses (films are still to be confirmed):
// Xanh //
“Xanh” is the Vietnamese translation of the colors green and blue and is synonymous to the themes and lives of queer and trans people who are forced to navigate a world that enforces binary identities.
Xanh’s main goal is to save up money for top surgery. Their mother is a garment seamstress who polices Xanh’s gender presentation and performance through the creation of feminine clothes. As their mom starts to criticize what they choose to wear, Xanh experiences a series of nightmares and finds their dreams literally shattered.
For more information: http://www.facebook.com/xanhthemovie/
// Madam Phung’s Last Journey -or- Chuy?n ?i cu?i cùng c?a ch? Ph?ng //
A former monk who left monastic life because “I saw beautiful fags praying, and felt like running away,” Madam Phung is a canny businesswoman who got her start as a singer, and saved her money in the form of gold bars she would bury in the ground. Now she is something of a den mother to her largely transgender troupe – berating them when they drink or fight too much, warning them to stay out of trouble, and dealing with local police and occasionally hostile locals when necessary.
It’s the classic carny existence: long hours; setting up and tearing down the stage; exhorting the crowd to buy raffle tickets and play games; putting on a show. But the people we meet in MADAM PHUNG’S LAST JOURNEY are not your ordinary fairground workers.
This verite documentary takes us on a year-long ride with an itinerant troupe of cross-dressing performers, led by Madam Phung, as they travel the remote southern regions and central highlands of Vietnam.
For more information: http://icarusfilms.com/if-mme
for more information: http://www.facebook.com/events/2107003799339882/