Shorts: Gimme Love

Kelet

Susani Mahadura

Susani Mahadura

Director

Country

Finland

Format

Short film

Year

2020

Duration

56 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Shorts and Episodic

Interests

Black, Drag, Fashion, RE:Focus, Trans

Being an outsider is a common queer trope. Kelet, a Black trans woman living in Finland, embraces her individuality to follow her lifelong dream.

After leaving her family in Manchester, a young Somalian woman named Kelet returns to her childhood city in Finland to pursue a career as a professional model. In the meantime, she is also performing in vogue balls, shedding her shy personality to become the confident star she knows she can be. With the support of her friends and ballroom community, her glamorous future seems within arms reach. Guided by journalist-turned-documentarian Susani Mahadura, the cinematic approach inspires a story of undaunted perseverance.

Complete with all the elegance of ballroom culture and the glamour of the fashion world, Kelet is a melange of beauty and personal expression as seen through the eyes of a young Black trans woman possessed with a fiery passion for mainstream attention.

Oct 1st, Noon to Oct 11th, 11:59 PM (ET)
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Ìfé

Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim

Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim

Director

Ìfé and Adaora fall in love on their first date, but can their love withstand the reality of being lesbian in Nigeria?

Nervous but excited for their first date, Ìfé invites Adaora into her home. Three days later when the date hasn’t ended and the two women have fallen in love, they are faced with the first significant test of their relationship. Ìfé is looking for a partner with whom she can openly share her life, but Adaora has a less accepting family and isn’t ready to take the leap. When a critical secret is revealed, the two women will need to face the truth and decide how much they are willing to give up for each other.

Having already received threats from the Nigeria Censors Board, filmmaker Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim’s bold film is a defining work of LGBTQ cinema that seeks to create much-needed space for queer characters in Nollywood.

Country

Nigeria

Year

2020

Duration

35 mins

Interests

Black, Lesbian, RE:Focus

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