BY KRISTIN LI
An experimental animation & documentary about diasporic foundational myths, Seeking a home in reclaimed ancestry and seeking a self in reappropriated narratives and finding fragments instead.
by Kristin Li. (2015)
PINKWASHING EXPOSED: SEATTLE FIGHTS BACK
BY DEAN SPADE
“Pinkwashing” is a term activists have coined for when countries engaged in terrible human rights violations promote themselves as “gay friendly” to improve their public image. Israel is the country most famous for this strategy, having initiated it as part of a rebranding campaign has been engaged in for the last decade. In 2012, activists in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and lesbian activists that was coming to the region. Local queer Palestine solidarity activists exposed the “Rainbow Generations” tour as pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the events, including the tour’s centerpiece event hosted by the City of Seattle’s LGBT Commission, cancelled. A significant backlash ensued involving the Seattle City Council and Seattle’s leading LGBT and HIV organizations. Through the inspiring story of these activists’ victory, Pinkwashing Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and what local activists are doing to fight back. Pinkwashing Exposed was made in Seattle, on Duwamish Land. The Duwamish are in a long fight for recognition by the US government. Right now they are trying to raise $100,000 to hire an expert witness to review 31,000 pages of documents provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as part of their fight for recognition. We can help by donating. duwamishtribe.org/give.html
Director – Dean Spade Producer – Basil Shadid (2015)
IN THE SHADOW OF BORDERS
Is Canada the welcoming country for migrants it likes to call itself? In the Shadow of Borders challenges this myth and, through personal stories of detention, denial of essential services, labour exploitation and deportation, exposes how precarious are the lives of those without status.
By connecting histories—of indigenous sovereignty, of Canada’s role in displacement, of its discriminatory policies—this documentary portrays grassroots resistance to xenophobic governmental practices and the struggle of migrants for freedom of movement. (2015)
DECLIN DE L’ORIGINE
PAR JENN POCOBENE
La naissance du monde repose, pour certains, sur Adam et Ève. Le couple. Mais qu’adviendra-t-il lorsque nous ne serons plus quoi faire de nous ?
Nous vivrons la fin du monde dès lors que nous respirerons une atmosphère lourde d’indifférence. Ève est la première à le ressentir.
Écrit et réalisé par Jenn Pocobene (2013)