This strand gives insight into the social sphere of the queer community. Why do labels exist? Particularly in the queer community - part of being queer in 2018 is finding your tribe (if you want to label yourself). This sense of belonging is crucial to those who have been marginalised and isolated. The connections made with each other and coming together to be heard and speak out against injustice towards our communities. Sometimes all it takes is just relaxing and enjoying being around others who don’t question your existence. There’s a politics in campaigning together, and a politics in how we relate to each other which this selection of film gives insight to.

A docufiction that follows the lives of three individuals who identify as queer. The work details their feelings and personal expressions as they navigate home and professional lives, and the establishment of non-binary self-definition without apology.

25 mins

UK, 2018

D: Michelle Williams Gamaker

The Swimming Club explores the destructive misconceptions society has for the trans body. For most of them, what it means to be trans is to be concealed, and the simple pleasure of being in a public place now feels like being pushed under the spotlight, up for debate and attention.

9 mins

UK, 2016

D: Nick Finegan, Cecilia Goldin

Filmmaker Sebastian Sdaigui spotlights queer pride and gender fluidity with his portrait of three friends, all performance artists, navigating homophobia and femmephobia with a dose of sass, grit, and camarader

7 mins

USA 2017

D: Sebastian Sdaigui

Where does a bicycle shop fit within feminism? A look into a weekly initiative created to allow people of marginalized genders to comfortably participate in bike shop culture.

7 mins

Canada, 2017

D: Mike Hooves

Approach/Withdraw is a ten-minute, 16mm film narrated by Rebecca Root, which explores how public understandings of oestrogen and sex hormones affect the sense of self and relationships of those who feel at odds with their assigned gender.

10 mins

UK, 2017

D: Ker Wallwork Juliet Jacques

The Brighton Kop are an example of how football can give gay football fans something to be proud about and challenging the perceptions of their fellow fans. It is a positive story that dispels lazy football fan stereotypes and show how through community projects

13 mins

UK 2017

D: Reuben Armstrong

These performers challenge the stereotypes of drag and depict also their environment considered as one of the freest city in Europe. A documentary that explores a new approach of drags, cheekier and more daring which truly represents our generation, the queer community and its desire to go beyond sexual standards.

20 mins

Germany, 2017

D: Josephine Page Réda Ai