We will be presenting films from our current project The Work We Share, an international program of newly digitised films from their collection addressing representations of gender, race, sexuality, health and community. This showcase includes four shorter works which reflect on health, identity, and desire, including social and body norms. The ‘visual poem’ BACK INSIDE HERSELF about a Black woman rejecting hegemonic societal expectations about her identity is combined with A PRAYER BEFORE BIRTH which chronicles the director’s own experience with multiple sclerosis and confronts chronic illness with creative vitality. NOW PRETEND is an experimental investigation into the use of race as an arbitrary signifier and LOSS OF HEAT an evocative portrayal of a queer love challenging preconceived notions on the ‘reality’ of living with epilepsy.
BACK INSIDE HERSELF S. Pearl Sharp, USA 1984, 4 min.
A PRAYER BEFORE BIRTH Jacqui Duckworth, UK, 1991 , 20 min.
NOW PRETEND L. Franklin Gilliam, USA 1991, 10 min.
LOSS OF HEAT Noski Deville, UK, 1994, 20 min.