Shorts: Local Heroes

Guests

Nicole Bazuin

Nicole Bazuin

Isak Vaillancourt

Isak Vaillancourt

Beth Warrian

Beth Warrian

Angelina Nayyar

Angelina Nayyar

Tasneem Nanji

Tasneem Nanji

Raghed Charabaty

Raghed Charabaty

Tziara Reyes-Herrera

Tziara Reyes-Herrera

Simon Paluck

Simon Paluck

From raves to resistance, this collection of shorts highlights the work of local queer storytellers making films that explore the multitudes this city has to offer.

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 8 films.

Thu Jun 01, 6:45 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsors

Ralph Pascht and Mark Le Messurier

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Thriving: A Dissociated Reverie

Nicole Bazuin

Nicole Bazuin

A surrealist exploration of dissociative identity disorder (DID) based on the lived experience of a Black, nonbinary, disabled artist and former sex worker.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Adore

Beth Warrian

Beth Warrian

Luci, a queer Peruvian Canadian woman, gives her beloved nephew the Christmas gift of his dreams: a beautiful sequined dress.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Lala Gothicfish

Angelina Nayyar

Angelina Nayyar

Set against the backdrop of a city undergoing rapid gentrification, a Toronto teenager struggles to save a youth rave scene plagued by substance use and over-policing.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Collective Resistance

Isak Vaillancourt

Isak Vaillancourt

Told from the perspectives of 2SLGBTQ+ Afro-Indigenous leaders and activists, this short documentary reimagines new possibilities in the relationship between Blackness and Indigeneity, which is rooted in solidarity and joy.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

17 mins

Interests

September 10th

Tasneem Nanji

Tasneem Nanji

Two queer Muslim Women, one in Toronto and one in New York, navigate love, family, and connection the night before 9/11.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

15 mins

Interests

A Letter From the Ashes

Raghed Charabaty

Raghed Charabaty

A rough and raw letter on what it means to lose love at the expense of finding freedom. An essay on family, anger and fraud.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Shedding

Tziara Reyes

Tziara Reyes

This short documentary follows an individual’s journey of shaving their head for the first time; exploring the complex relationship between hair and identity.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

INSTA GAY

Simon Paluck

Simon Paluck

A millennial Torontonian is left reeling after breaking-up with a popular gay influencer.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

12 mins

Interests

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RE:Focus Gala: Kokomo City

D. Smith

D. Smith

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 13 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Activism, BIPOC Stories, Black, Sex Work, Trans

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Guests

Daniella Carter

Daniella Carter

Subject

Dominique Silver

Dominique Silver

Subject

Through conversation and laughter, D.Smith presents the stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. These women offer unapologetic and unfiltered reflections on belonging and identity within the Black community and beyond. Dreams and memories, past lives and new beginnings, battles fought, and crises overcome are openly shared. D.Smith, a Grammy nominated artist, brings her unquestioned talent to create a unique and exhilarating soundtrack that matches the protagonists’ energetic personalities and the film’s striking black and white visuals. Kokomo City is a vibrant portrait of a community tired of stigmatization and ready to take ownership of their stories.

Sat May 27, 7:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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