IQMF2018 – International Queer and Migrant Film Festival

From the 5th to the 12th of December the IQMF2018 or the 2018 edition of the International Queer & Migrant Film Festival hits Amsterdam and several other cities in The Netherlands. In Amsterdam the main activities are from December 5th till December 9th. It is maybe a less well-known event, but it is a sure gem of a festival. It offers not only screenings of interesting movies, but also debates, exhibitions, parties and even a dinner. Here are our picks of what is on offer.

Our picks of the films

The focus of IQMF2018 is of course films. The organizers chose films covering a wide range of subjects and regions in the world. These are the movies which attracted our attention:

  • HARD PAINT is the festival opener and also a Dutch premiere. The movie tells the story of Pedro. At the time he faces criminal charges, he also has to deal with his sister suddenly leaving him behind. Alone in the darkness of his bedroom, he dances covered in neon paint, while thousands of strangers watch him via the webcam. (Portugues, English subtitles) December 5th (7.30PM – 10PM) and December 7th (10PM – 11.55PM) at De Balie.
  • Portraits of the Rainbow. Driven by the invisibility of LGBTIQ+’s in Japan, successful fashion-photographer Leslie Kee portrays ten thousand LGBTQ+’s in Japan with his project “Out in Japan”.  Filmmaker Ayumi Nakagawa follows him during this process and highlights the life of four people who participate in this photo-shoot. December 6th (8.15PM – 10.50PM) including Q&A with director Ayumi Nakagawa after the film. December 8th (10PM – 11.35PM). Both times at De Balie.
  • EVA + CANDELA. The professional ambition of two strong, independent women  brings them together. But  ultimately it also pulls them apart. In the film we witness their intense love go through several  stages of infatuation, sensuality, love, comfort and routine.  December 8th (1.30PM – 3.05PM) at De Balie
  • Berlin Drifters. Ryota  travels to Berlin hoping for a relationship with a German man he met online. However, the German has other plans and does not even let him stay the night.  Ryota  starts drifting across Berlin, looking for love.   Q&A afterwards with director Imaizumi Kôichi and actors Michael Selvaggio and Iwasa Hiroki. December 8th (8.15PM – 10.30PM) at De School. Attending the filmscreening of Berlin Drifters? Afterwards you can join the De School Weekender club night.

Joint screening

  • Fear. Mikail had to flee Chechnya for being homosexual. Unexpectedly meeting his old childhood-friend Daud in Germany, Mikal is not only faced with a renewed friendship, but a recurring fear of persecution.
  • Queer in Azerbaijan. Queer in Azerbaijan is a mosaic narrative of a number of young queer people from Baku who reflect on the horrible arrests of people from their community in 2017. Tamilla describes life as a young lesbian, and Kamran and Gulnara discuss the limitations of their lives as human rights activists.

These films are part of the Queer in the Caucasus programme. They will be screened jointly. After the screening there will be a panel discussion on the situation of LGBTs in the Caucasus.

Saturday December 8th (3.45PM – 5.15PM) at De Balie

Debates and other activities

IQMF may have started as a film festival, but it has become much more than that. This year some interesting debates have been programmed. We are looking forward to these two:

  • The Sexual Objectification of Refugees and Migrant People of Colour. Refugees and migrant people of colour tend to be exploited and addressed as exotic sexual beings. At the same time they are not being able to create a real connection in their new country of residency. Inspired by curated scenes from Bruce la Bruce, Berlin Drifters and Welcome Refugees, three films that address this topic, the guests share and discuss their personal experiences after moving to The Netherlands. Thursday December 6th (8PM – 10PM) Tickets €5. Free if you visit any film during IQMF.
  • Homo-Nationalism & Pinkwashing Inclusivity and gay rights are often framed as western values or specific to a certain country (homo-nationalism). They are used to exclude and dismiss non-western or minority groups. This lecture analyses the rise of homo-nationalism and pinkwashing in the Netherlands.  Friday December 7th (6.15PM – 7.30PM) Tickets €5. Free if you visit any film during IQMF.

Exhibtion – COME CLOSER by Thiemi Higashi

Thiemi Higashi is a Brazilian-Japanese multimedia artist and photographer based in Amsterdam. She graduated from the course of Fine Arts at the HKU in Utrecht in 2018.  In her works over the last two years, Thiemi Higashi has carefully examined human contact, by painting over photos of fellow students who don’t talk to her, by setting up Skype photo shoots with random people from around the world and by writing a manual on “How to be accepted in the Netherlands from an exotic point of view”.

From 29th of November till 27th of December, daily form 12.30PM till 11PM at De Balie (except public holidays).

More things to enjoy at IQMF

This is just our pick from the program of IQMF2018. There is much more to see, listen to  and enjoy. Look at their website to make your own selection or just go to all the events.

If you can’t make it to the events in Amsterdam. Some of the events are repeated in Haarlem, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht.

The centre of the festival is undoubtedly De Balie:

De Balie

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De Balie 52.363041, 4.882976 De Balie is a well-known platform and center for the freedom of speech, contemporary art, politics, culture, cinema and media, situated near the Leidseplein in the heart of Amsterdam. Our (daily) programs consistently bear the mark of a sharp and deeply analytical character. Through talkshows, cinema, art, debates and theatre, De Balie mixes several points of view in a wayward and creative fashion.

Some events are also held at De School:

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De School 52.370100, 4.844000


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