Queering SWANA: Requiem for Past, Ode to Future

Queering SWANA: Requiem for Past, Ode to Future

Learning to grow past generational trauma is a laborious task and this series of films is a guide to self-discovery beyond ancestral pain and cultural expectation. Amongst the films, you will find ceremonial tributes to our foremothers, acts of queer defiance, and a plea for cross-cultural community in SWANA-futurism. So join us on this journey of queering the SWANA past to liberate its future.

Queering SWANA: Requiem for Past, Ode to Future
  • Ensouled

    In a near future where state-sanctioned violence has nearly wiped out an entire generation of resistors and elders, a solitary botanist becomes obsessed with decoding unusual frequencies from a newly sprouted plant in their greenhouse in the hopes of discovering its connection with the survivance...

  • Letter to My Mother

    A daughter pushes at the bounds of her relationship with her mother as she unpicks the psychological consequences of the childhood abuse she suffered.

  • Transmissions

    K and L are cultural conservationists working in a not-so-distant future to preserve the artifacts and histories that are being systematically destroyed by a totalitarian government. When they are in a deadly car accident, time splinters into parallel realities, separating them. Each enters a rea...

  • Soosk

    Soosk explores a queer utopian rewriting of a traditional Iranian children’s story named ‘Khale Sooske’. This retelling, follows the journey of a cockroach who survives gender-based violence and finds a queer safe haven with the help of a non-binary divine being.

  • Warsha

    Mohammad is a crane operator working in Beirut. One morning he volunteers to take on one of the tallest and notoriously most dangerous cranes in Lebanon. Away from everyone’s eyes, he is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom. Winner of the Outfest Los Angeles 2022 Grand Jury Prize ...