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Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival

  • Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival

Friday-Sunday, June 19-21  

Finally, a film festival for the rest of us! Enjoy a weekend of great free films and visual art resisting Frameline: the SF LGBT Film Festival’s pinkwashing of Israeli apartheid. Celebrate equality and justice for all while you cruise the crowd.

No tickets required. All programs are free and open to all. Doors open half an hour before the first show each day and Saturday evening. Come early to get seats, schmooze and check out the visual art installations by Art Forces and Happy/L.A. Hyder.

View the complete schedule and get more info about the films at

Friday, June 19

7:00 pm, Bay Area Premiere: CRIMINAL QUEERS (Chris E. Vargas and Eric A. Stanley)
Criminal Queers visualizes a radical trans/queer struggle against the prison industrial complex and toward a world without walls. With shorts "Shit Manarchists Say" (Lacey Johnson, Rebecca Ruiz Sunwoo), Frameline, Say No to Bibi Bux (John Greyson), and Disability Justice for Palestine (Sins Invalid and Micah Bizant) This program is captioned; ASL interpretation will be available for discussion.

Saturday, June 20

1:00 pm, Pinkwashing and Palestine
What is pinkwashing? Why are we focusing on Frameline? What does the cultural boycott against Israel want to accomplish?
Bay Area Premiere: PINKWASHING EXPOSED (Dean Spade)
With BDS shorts (John Greyson), A Conversation with Dr. Haider al-Eid on the 2-State Solution (Jordan Flaherty), Oakland to Palestine Solidarity Mural and We Blocked The Boat-Oakland 2014 (Pablo Serrano)
Followed by a panel discussion, featuring representatives of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) Seattle, Jewish Voice for Peace-Seattle, Queers Against Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!), and Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), with possible appearances by Dean Spade and comrades from QuAIA Vancouver.
(All films in this program are captioned. Check to confirm ASL interpretation will be available for discussion.)

3:30 pm, Sneak Preview: MAJOR (Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Florez)
Get a first look at this brand new documentary in progress about transgender elder and pioneering civil rights activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. A formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Director Annalise Ophelian and others involved in the film will be on hand for a discussion. Captioned; check website to confirm ASL interpretation for discussion.
Reinas de Los Angeles, by Byron Jose, narrates the oral hysteries of trans women and drag queen performers who bring to life the stages of Latino gay bars in Los Angeles from the ‘80s to present day. Captioned.
Plus shorts: Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger (Trailer, Sam Feder), Fuck My Life! (Xandra Ibarra)

Saturday Night June 20, 8 pm, doors open at 7:30
Premiere Feature: The Passionate Pursuits Of Angela Bowen, Jennifer Abod
World premiere of this documentary about Angela Bowen, the ballet dancer, teacher, and black lesbian feminist activist who has inspired activists and students throughout her illustrious career.
With shorts: Different Strokes: A Rad History (Ill Napashi,); Once Upon A Time (Happy/L.A. Hyder); The Beginning Parts (Lisa Ganser, Nomy Lamm); The Break (Alexis Mitchell)

Sunday, June 21

Sunday, 1:00 pm, doors open 12:30
Sins Invalid: An Unshamed Claim to Beauty (Patty Berne)
Conceived and led by disabled people of color, Sins Invalid develops and presents cutting-edge work where common paradigms of "normal" and "sexy" are challenged. (captioned)
The Path To Coming Out: Queer Lebanese Speak (Maher Sabry)
Maher Sabry interviews three Lebanese people in the San Francisco/Bay Area. The self-identified trans man (Amir), butch dyke (Nayla) and pansexual man (Bassam) speak candidly about coming out to family and friends.
High Hopes (Guy Davidi, Angela Godfrey-Goldstein); Things Are Different Now (Ryan Conrad); Third World Resistance and Black Lives Matter: Action footage from Bay Area ad hoc video teams.

3:30 pm, SIN VISA (Ana Simões and Bassam Kassab)
A group of undocumented immigrants make the dangerous crossing to the U.S., led by a “coyote,” or human trafficker. Once inside, they are taken to a safe house that is anything but safe, and Marco’s story unfolds. Sin Visa lets the viewer experience the day-to-day life of someone living without documents.
With One Night (Laura Kurkay) and La Corrida (Xandra Ibarra), Candy Royalle (Candy Royalle)

Outside The Frame is sponsored by Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Arab Film Festival, Art Forces, Aswat-Palestinian Gay Women, Critical Resistance, Gay Shame, Golden Thread Middle East Theater, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Jewish Voice for Peace - San Francisco/East Bay Chapter, KPFA Women's Magazine, LAGAI Queer Insurrection, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Mythiliyeen – Bay Area Arab Queers For BDS, Other Cinema, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT!), Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley, SWANABAQ (SouthWest Asian and North African Bay Area Queers), US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Voices of the Middle East and North Africa. With support from Resist!, People's Life Fund, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Brava, Birthright Unplugged.