First strands announced for SQIFF 2019

New strand on queer religion added to the line-up

by Jennie Kermode

Moroni For President
Moroni For President

The first strands for this year's Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) were announced today, including a new strand focused on queerness and religion, You Gotta Have Faith. This will feature screenings of Christian conversion camp comedy But I’m A Cheerleader, lesbian nun sexploitation thriller evil Come, evil Go and Navajo Nation documentary Moroni For President, as well as a series of shorts on queer Islam.

"To be devout and queer is a complicated and heavily nuanced existence for many in our community, especially for those whose religion has strong ties to their culture, nationality and/or race," said strand director Samar Ziadat. "Our religious strand...is an international tribute to those who are in the process of reclaiming, redefining or renouncing their religion in the context of their queerness. This strand feels especially pertinent in today’s world, where many societies and cultures would like us to believe that religious devotion/spiritually and queerness are mutually exclusive."

"We are really happy to be celebrating SQIFF's 5th birthday and continuing to offer an accessible and provocative film festival for Scotland's LGBTQIA+ communities," said festival coordinator Helen Wright. "This year, we'll be focusing on community and collectivism, thinking about how bringing people together and queer activism can create positive change in the world."

The festival runs from 2 to 8 October and we'll be bringing you full coverage here at Eye For Film.

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