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QuAIA at World Pride Toronto

July 5, 2014

The Disappearing Map from Albino Squirrel Channel on Vimeo.

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Come March With QuAIA

June 26, 2014

2014 World Pride Parade. Please join QuAIA as we put politics and Palestine front and centre!!! Please meet us at the Parkette at 77 Huntley (at Bloor) at 1:45pm. We will be assembling on Bloor St E. and Ted Rogers Way by 2:30pm at 19 K. Please look for our QuAIA Banners. Thanks!!!

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Apartheid Then and Now: Queer Struggles, Queer Solidarities

June 12, 2014

ApartheidThenAndNow
A panel discussion on the possibilities and challenges of queer solidarity.

Featuring:
Prabha Khosla
Sara Matthews
Ghaida Moussa
Phumi Mtetwa

Moderator: Natalie Kouri-Towe
Updates: Tim McCaskell

Date: Tuesday 24 June, 7pm
Location: Tecumseh Auditorium, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto
Accessibility: This event is held in a wheelchair accessible building and space.
ASL is available upon request by emailing quaia.toronto@gmail.com by Friday 20 June.
Please avoid using scented products and perfumes.
Free Event: No tickets needed.

Special Thanks to the Ryerson Student Union.

Speaker Bios:
Prabha Khosla is an urban planner who focuses on women’s rights. She was involved in southern Africa solidarity from 1976-1990. Solidarity work led her to South Africa, the Occupied Territories and the liberated areas of Eritrea, as well as to live and work in socialist Mozambique. She is currently writing a booklet on trade union support for LGBT rights.

Sara Matthews is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research and political work is interdisciplinary and considers the dynamics of violence, war and social reparation in the global context. She was involved with QuAIA from 2011 to 2013 and her teaching at WLU draws on cultures of global activism.

Ghaida Moussa is a scholar, educator, and deejay. Completing a Ph.D. in Social and Political Thought at York University, Ghaida has also co-edited Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space and Resistance.

Phumi Mtetwa was a youth anti-apartheid activist in the 1980s in South Africa and has been actively involved in LGBT organising since the early 90s in both South Africa and internationally, including a collective calling for the Return of Africa: http://mayibuyepledge.org/

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QuAIA presents Ali Abunimah at the 519: How Israel uses sex and marketing to distract from apartheid

June 6, 2013

Abunimah Flyer 6-3-13

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Israel/Palestine and the Queer International: A Conversation with Sarah Schulman and Richard Fung

March 5, 2013

Saturday March 23, 2013, 3:00 until 5:00 pm

Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M4Y1Z3

Join University of Toronto Mark S. Bonham Centre Fellows Sarah Schulman and Richard Fung for an engaging conversation about Schulman’s latest book, Israel/Palestine and the Queer International.

Schulman’s new book is a chronicle of her political awakening and involvement in the Palestine liberation movement. In her book, Schulman introduces us to anti-occupation activists in Tel Aviv and queer Palestinian activists in the West Bank. She takes us from New York to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Madrid, Berlin, and Toronto as she explores the developing movement for international LGBTQ support for Palestinians.

Sarah Schulman is the author of 16 books as well as plays and films. She holds a Fulbright in Judaic Studies and is the director of the Homonationalism and Pinkwashing Conference at the City University of NY where she is a Distinguished Professor. She is a Fellow at The Mark S. Bonham Center of the University of Toronto.

Richard Fung is an award winning video artist and writer, and associate professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. He is a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.

This event is sponsored by Queers Against Israeli Apartheid and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.

 

 

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QuAIA presents Lacan Palestine by Mike Hoolboom (in Person)

November 21, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 7 pm $8/ $5 Members + Students

@ Beit Zatoun House, 612 Markham Street
www.pdome.org/ 416-656-5577A co-presentation with Toronto Palestine Film Festival,
Queers Against Israel Apartheid (QuAIA) and Beit Zatoun.

Join us for a post-screening discussion with Richard Fung of QuAIA and Mike Hoolboom.

Fresh from screenings in Vienna, Jihlava, Montreal and Paris, Pleasure Dome presents the Toronto premiere of Mike Hoolboom’s new feature length film Lacan Palestine 
(70 min., 2012).

By adding his distinctive voice to the growing number of artists engaging with the subject of Palestine, Hoolboom skillfully crafts an essay film that collages newsreels, documentary interviews and Hollywood fabulations. As Zionist narratives of Palestine continue to be replayed in the corporate media, it is increasingly important to turn to counter-narratives of resistance. Hoolboom carefully complicates this record, replaying Palestine as the site of imperial projection and ghost protocols. Through an intricate analysis of the role of the father and the question of naming, Lacan Palestine offers an opulent collage that places the still-fledgling nation-state at the crossroads of psychoanalysis and permanent war.

Grand Prize Winner! at the 2012 Festival International Signes de Nuit
“The Grand Prize goes to Lacan Palestine for its immersion in a complex subject that arrives via a montage that is subtle, sensitive and strong. Its great visual richness emerges from impressive iconographic research. In spite of its diversity of images, this fluid work carries an insistent theme of personal history that makes us identify with a fate or destiny, creating a persistent, high wire hum.” (Festival International Signes de Nuit Grand Prize jury statement)

On Lacan Palestine:

“A mind boggling achievement by Canadian artist Mike Hoolboom, who has been called ‘the greatest found-footage master of the era.’ Skilfully assembled from existing film material, Hoolboom conjures visual allegories and cut-up counter-narratives around a notion of Palestine as “a land that is not a land.” Dizzying in its technical and conceptual density, Lacan Palestine is truly incomparable cinema.” (Nick Denes, London Palestine Film Festival)

“This beautiful experiment is as noble as it is absurd, the intractable struggle continues, and in the midst of this fine searching a single certitude emerges. We are really in front of something that we can call cinema. Its striking intelligence and sudden illuminations confront us with a singular and authentic cinema. In the acrobatic editing, in Hoolboom’s control from the beginning of the film to the end, there is something shining, urgent, burning. There is a nearly blinding dimension to this accumulation of fragments that impels the viewer to re-see the movie as soon as it is finished. To observe again its folding parts, to find the hidden meanings, to meditate again and again on its implications.” (Describing the Indescribable by Marcel Jean, 24 Images, no. 159, Oct/Nov 2012)

“The term essay film is sometimes used a bit too easily, but this really is one – and it isn’t an easy one. Skillfully cut and pasted from existing film material, the film provides a complex picture of Palestine. The land that is not a land, but does have inhabitants. An improbable place for love.

The foundation of Palestine has a long and difficult history, characterized by a continuing battle for the right to exist. In this cinematographic essay, entirely composed of found-footage material, the history of a land without land is sketched, with its painful relationship with its neighbour Israel. Epic scenes from features, iconic news footage of historic moments, the ever-changing map of Israel, video art by Velcrow Ripper, Elle Flanders and Dani Leventhal, but also very personal recordings of everyday survival, are linked together by the psychoanalytic reflections of filmmaker Mike Cartmell, based on his own painful personal history. From his background as an adopted child, he wonders when you become someone, and how society can emerge from individuals; he compares the functioning of a complex society with that of John Coltrane’s jazz combo, in which even five super-egos managed to achieve harmony. In Mike Hoolboom’s view of Palestine, love and violence exist side-by-side, as a matter of course.” (Gertjan Zuilhof, International Film Festival Rotterdam)

“Palestine is often described as a place that defies description, and for all the endless footage, a place that cannot be seen. Palestine lies between the imaginary and the real hence ‘imaging Palestine’ becomes perhaps one of the greatest cinematic and political challenges. Who better to take up this challenge than Toronto’s master experimental filmmaker Mike Hoolboom? The fragments that comprise Lacan Palestine are both the public and private languages that interpolate the symbolic sphere that constitute the history of Palestine and therefore the history of the Israel into being. As both a good analyst and a good filmmaker would know, originary myths uncover what lies at the heart of an ongoing conflict. And so Hoolboom takes us through these myths, dreams and canonical cinematic placeholders, presenting us Palestine in fragments—perhaps the only way to tell the story of what may be Palestine.

Hoolboom takes the name the father as a starting point, wherein the subject (here Palestine) comes into being through the law (Israel) and rifles through the deep psychoanalytic rift whose symptom is contemporary Palestine.” (Elle Flanders)

Mike Hoolboom is a Canadian artist working in film and video. He has made over fifty films and videos, though most have been withdrawn from circulation, approximately a dozen remain on view. His work has appeared in over four hundred festivals, garnering thirty awards. He has been granted the Tom Berner Award for community service and two lifetime achievement awards, the first from the city of Toronto, and the second from the Mediawave Festival in Hungary.

He has enjoyed retrospectives of his work at the Images Festival (Toronto), Visions du Reel (Switzerland), Cork International Festival (Ireland), Cinema de Balie (Amsterdam), Mediawave Festival (Hungary), Impakt Festival (Holland), Vila do Conde Festival (Portugal), Jihlava Documentary Festival (Czech Republic), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Germany), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen (France), Sixpack Film (Vienna), the Buenos Aires International Festival (Argentina), and A Million Different Loves Festival in Poland.

He is a founding member of the Pleasure Dome screening collective and has worked as the artistic director of the Images Festival and as the experimental film co-ordinator at Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.

Mike Hoolboom has published a pair of interview books with Canadian media artists, Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Media Artists (Coach House Press, 2008) and Inside the Pleasure Dome: Fringe Film in Canada (Coach House Press, 2001). He has edited or co-edited books on Frank Cole, Barbara Sternberg and Philip Hoffman, in addition to publishing electronic books on Deirdre Logue, Dani Leventhal, Al Razutis, Mike Cartmell, Steve Reinke, American Fringe Movies and the Documentary. In 1998 he authored Plague Years (YYZ Books) a tongue-in-chic autobiography. His first novel The Steve Machine was published by Coach House Press in the fall of 2008. He has published more than one hundred articles on fringe media which have appeared in magazines and catalogues around the world.

Since 2004 he has been working on Fringe Online (www.fringeonline.ca ), a web project which makes available the archives of 40 Canadian media artists. This ongoing project currently consists of hundreds of pages of transcripts, reviews, interviews and scripts, and remains the largest publishing project in the Canadian fringe media sector.

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There Is No Pink Door in the Apartheid Wall: March with QuAIA at Pride

June 29, 2012

There is no pink door in the apartheid wall // Nothing comes clean with pinkwashing.

March with Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) in the Toronto Pride parade this year!!

When: July 1st @ 1:15pm

Where: Find us in the parade staging area at Bloor Street and Ted Rogers Way (formerly Jarvis Street), in section C19. We are pleased to be marching directly behind our allies in Independent Jewish Voices! Look for Palestinian flags and the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid banner!

Also, join us at the Dyke March and the Trans March:

QuAIA will join Dykes and Trans People for Palestine at the Trans March as “Free Palestine / Free Cece: Toronto Trans March Justice and Solidarity contingent” – Friday, June 29, 7:15pm at Norman Jewison Square
http://www.facebook.com/events/435059169862085/

Look for the QuAIA banner at the Dyke march! http://www.facebook.com/events/411263255572753/

And, QuAIA will join Queers For Social Justice for the die-in at the Dyke March: http://www.facebook.com/events/188269957967616/

No Pride in Israeli Apartheid!
www.quaia.org