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Upcoming Event: Documenting Queer Diaspora @ GEM Lab

When: Friday, February 19 2021, 2-4pm EST

The Global Emergent Media Lab‘s Race Critical Theories series and Cinema in the Midst of Struggle present a conversation with filmmakers Atif Siddiqi & Eisha Marjara. Trailblazers of QTPOC film and video since the late 1990s, this event will discuss their works amidst the challenges of diasporic queer and trans representation in Québec. Confronting traditional heteronormative narratives, Siddiqi and Marjara’s films capture intimate portraits of the socio-cultural landscapes of South-Asian experience in Montréal. Alongside this discussion, the directors will also present a screening of Marjara’s short film (featuring Siddiqi) House for Sale (2012), amongst other clips of films and videos from throughout their careers.

Event moderated by Gregorio Pablo Rodríguez-Arbolay (PhD Candidate, Humanities). Please email for more information.

Please note: Select films from Eisha and Atif's careers will be made available online for viewing during the weeks before and after the event. Some of these films will be reserved only for registered attendees from Concordia University to comply with copyright restrictions.


House for Sale (dir. Eisha Marjara, 2012)

CANADA, 18 minutes, English (French subtitles)

Description: A stranger shows up posing as a homebuyer at a suburban house that is up for sale. As the owner's wife gives her a tour of the place, she recalls a memorable night when a fatal promise was made.

WINNER: Jury Award Best Canadian Short (Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival); Best Int'l Men's Short (NCGLFF); Winner Crystal Cactus Award (Out in the Desert LGBT Film Festival); Best Performance Atif Siddiqi (Mosaic South Asian International Film Festival); Best Performance Atif Siddiqi (Fetisch Film Festival, Germany); Audience Award (Image+Nation Film festival); Best Short Film (Long Island LGBT Film Festival)

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