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Being Impossible

Thu Nov 14, 18:15

Film,Q+A, Barbican Cinema, £13.5 / £12 con

A painful first sexual experience leads Ariel to unearth the secrets of her birth, and the lies behind the binary assignment of her body. 

Ariel has been raised as a girl. With few opportunities available, she has followed her mother into the factory where she works as a machinist. After a dubious diagnosis from the family doctor, Ariel discovers that she was in-fact born intersex and was as a baby subjected to a series of “corrective”surgeries to make her female. 

This exquisitely shot and  sensitively told story is intercut with real life testimonials from the intersex community. It is a challenging yet delicate inquiry into societal policing of complex bodies and genders.

Yo, imposible
dir. Patricia Ortega | with Lucía Bedoya, Belkis Avilladares | Venezuela, Colombia  | 2018 | 97min | Spanish with English subtitles

After the screening, DIVA magazine columnist and intersex activist, Valentino Vecchietti joins us, along with film industry panelists to discuss intersex representation, culture, and inclusion, on the topic of 'The Abject Subject: Fiction, Fact, and Activism'. 

Timothy Smith is a London-based artist-filmmaker. His earlier narrative short films have been shown at more than 70 international film festivals; winning awards in Milan, Calgary, Oslo and Warsaw. More recently, Timothy shifted to more experimental work which eventually led to undertaking a PhD. His recent films A Queering of Memory: Parts 1 & 2 (2017) and Queer Babel (2018) both premiered at Fringe! Queer Film Fest. Timothy’s latest PhD film Queering di Teknolojik (2019) is a collaboration with Valentino Vecchietti, So Mayer, Campbell X and Teresa Cisneros, narrated by their collective digital voice. It is screening in the Fringe! shorts programme ‘A Hole New World With You’ on Saturday 16 November.

Charlotte Boden is independent arts producer & co-founder/executive producer of The Queer House - a leading LGBTQIA+ artist development agency & producing house set up in direct response to the lack of representation & sustainable opportunities for queer actors & makers. The Queer House are an associate company at the Gate Theatre. As an independent producer Charlotte is currently working with leading queer theatre makers Emma Frankland, Mika Johnson, Outbox & Annie Siddons. Key producing credits include: And The Rest of Me Floats (Birmingham Rep/Rose Lipman Building) and Hearty (Summerhall) and for The Queer House: a double bill of shows co-produced by HighTide which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 and were featured in The Stage 18 best shows of the Fringe and The Guardian Top Picks,

Elijah W Harris is a writer and actor from the Midlands. His work often revolves around queer love, trans identity and mental health. Elijah is currently writing on two Netflix shows and serving as an additional writer on a pilot with Apple. 

Presented in partnership with Intersex Equality Rights UK


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