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Homotopia Film Night 2023

Homotopia & Queer East presents

Experimental Film Night: Alien Body, Human Dreams [18]

FACT Liverpool
88 Wood Street
L1 4DQ
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Runtime: 93 mins

Alien Body, Human Dreams is a series of cinematic investigations that centre the body as a potent site of hybridity, rejecting false divisions of man/woman, human/animal/alien, and self/other to construct their own embodied and multifaceted ways of being.

Artists in this programme purposefully employ queering as a technique to misread, re-appropriate, and puncture the systems of power projected onto the body.

In these works by queer Southeast and East Asian filmmakers, we meet a speculative reality where human body parts are sold in food trucks and witness a dance-fight between a lion dancer and a contemporary dancer. Bodyhacking, ritualising, and ceremonialising is used to knead cosmologies, folding knowledge in upon themselves.

Curated by April Lin 林森
Presented by Homotopia, in partnership with Queer East and Liverpool ESEA Network

Doors: 18:00 Screening: 18:30

Doors open 30 minutes before the screening and the programme will start promptly at 18:30. Please arrive in plenty of time to help our team ensure everyone has a great experience.

This screening will be followed by a 30 minute in-conversation with curator, April Lin 林森.


Book now — £8-10


To Boyhood, I Never Knew Him (2022)
Words from a transgender man float to the surface as fleeting memories go on.
Dir. Trâm Anh Nguyễn (Canada)

Longing for the Sun to Set Upwards
An ode to the multiplicity, mutability, and expansion of what constitutes a body and a self, through imaging and technological mediations.
Dir. Jao San Pedro (Philippines)

A martial arts inspired dance-fight between a lion dancer and queer performer reflects the tension between traditional and modern identities.
Dir. Aileen Ye (Netherlands)

Disease of Manifestation
The work builds itself towards the anarchistic conditions of the inner scenes, can also be seen as a wrong-manifesto.
Dir. Tzu An Wu (Taiwan)

Yummy Body Truck
A fictional food truck selling human body parts mixed with other organisms in a biotechno-queer fantasy of interspecies mixing.
Dir. Noam Youngrak Son (Netherlands)

In this self-recorded performance blending documentary and ritual practice, a hybrid creature attempts reproduction.
Dir. Soojin Chang (UK)

*Please note BXBY contains scenes of a graphic nature which viewers may find distressing, including explicit nudity, and graphic scenes of the preparation of a dead animal.

Garden Amidst the Flame
A playful and imaginative fantasy that challenges the hypermasculine presentation of Minahasan ritual culture and everyday life.
Dir. Natasha Tontey (Indonesia)

About Homotopia

Founded in 2003, Homotopia is a Liverpool based arts & social justice organisation making a cultural impact through art and activism. Their aim is to support and platform local, national, and international LGBTQIA socially engaged artists and creatives. Every November, the organisation present Homotopia Festival, featuring a variety of LGBTQIA art across multiple venues and outdoor spaces in the city. In addition to the festival, Homotopia have a year-round programme of artist development, public artworks, and events. Homotopia Festival is the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and culture festival.

About Queer East

Queer East is a cross-disciplinary festival that showcases boundary-pushing LGBTQ+ cinema, live arts, and moving image work from East and Southeast Asia and its diaspora communities.

This event is part of FACT's Community Cinema. If you're an artist, independent filmmaker, charity, film club, or arts organisation, find out how FACT can support your film screening.

Community Cinema events do not include adverts before the screening. Doors open 30 minutes before the screening and the programme will start promptly at 18:30. Please arrive in plenty of time to help our team ensure everyone has a great experience.

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