Monday 5th August
Iris Prize Shorts
IRIS PRIZE SHORTS
Monday 5th August
Light House Cinema
Composed of reflections on contemporary queer youth, our 2019 Iris Shorts collection collates brave, bold and sometimes brutal stories of LGBT adolescence. Demonstrating current preoccupations in this type of coming-of-age storytelling, these films are radical, realistic and contain important articulations on both the internal and external lives of gay youth in the present day. RG.
The programme will conclude with a special screening of Involuntary Activist, the tenth Iris Prize film production.
Abena Taylor-Smith, UK, 2018, 9’)
Amma spends the day getting braids in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon. It’s full of fun, sheen spray, gossip and laughter, but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?
Nick Neon, USA, 2018, 24’
When Jimmy Park visits home for the first time in years, he’s forced to make peace with the ghost of who he could have been.
THE WORLD IS ROUND SO THAT NOBODY CAN HIDE IN THE CORNERS — PART 1: REFUGE
Leandro Goddinho, Brazil / Germany, 11’
The journey of a gay African refugee seeking asylum in Germany, who was forced to leave Nigeria to save himself, and his love.
Mahaliyah Ayla O, USA, 2018, 21’
A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family when she is targeted in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub.
Jesse Lewis Reece, UK, 2018, 26’
Teenager Jay moves to a new town and joins the local boxing gym, where he’s taken under the wing of its owner, the aggressive disciplinarian Shane.
Mikael Bundsen, Sweden / UK, 19’
Aled is faced with a dilemma when his sister tells him his husband isn’t on the guest list to her wedding, exposing hidden homophobia and exploring themes of conformity versus defiance.
Presented in Partnership with the Iris Prize and the British Council.
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