CineQ returns to Birmingham 26-29 March 2020

CineQ is a queer film exhibition organisation that prioritises queer, trans and intersex people of colour

Starting out as a community cinema operating bi-monthly events primarily in Birmingham, U.K. CineQ has grown into a 4 day festival that showcases the best in queer film with a focus on stories for and by QTIPOC.

CineQ also works in partnership with other organisations and delivers training and consultation around marketing and programming inclusive events and making your venue or festival more accessible to diverse audiences.

CineQ 2020 programme

The 2020 programme hasn’t been fully announced yet, but some of the key information has. Our key highlights are as follows:

Monday 16 March to Thursday 26 March 2020

7:00pm daily CineQ: Watch Parties

Various watch parties. CineQ: Watch Parties is an experimental digital event that will be taking place during the 10 days previous to the main festival programme.

Thursday 26 March 2020

7:00pm CineQ x BFI NETWORK: Filmmaker Matchmaker

Saturday 28 March 2020

12:30pm Filmmakers Brunch with Paris Zarcilla

9:00pm The Watermelon Woman @ Midlands Art Centre | buy tickets

Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia with her best friend Tamara and consumed by a film project: to make a video about her search for a Black actress from Philly who appeared in films in the 30s and was known as the Watermelon Woman. Following various leads, Cheryl discovers the Watermelon Woman’s stage name and real name and surmises that the actress had a long affair with Martha Page, a White woman and one of Hollywood’s few female directors. As she’s discovering these things, Cheryl becomes involved with Diana, who’s also White. The affair strains Cheryl’s friendship with Tamara. More discoveries bring Cheryl (and us, her audience) to new realizations. Recently restored The Watermelon Woman is one of the classic greats of queer and black queer representation.

Sunday 29 March 2020

3:00pm Girl at my Door @ Mockingbird Cinema | buy tickets

Young-nam was a promising graduate of the police academy before she was transferred to the small seaside village, as a result of misconduct. On her first day in the village, she encounters Dohee, a girl living in the town with a gloomy looking face. As Young-nam tries to acclimate to her new surroundings, Dohee’s grandma died in a car accident. To protect the girl from her stepfather’s abuse, Young-nam lets Dohee stay at her place, but things become more mysterious as she gets to know her. A brilliant performance by Sense8 star Doona Bae, and a memorable thriller with a queer twist, this is a risky programme choice from CineQ but a film that deserves to be seen.

5:00pm Call Her Ganda @ Mockingbird Cinema | buy tickets

When 26-year old Filipina transgender woman and sex worker, Jennifer Laude, is found dead with her head plunged into a motel room toilet, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. A military recruit in an unfamiliar land, Pemberton was on “liberty leave” when he solicited Jennifer at a disco. On discovering that Jennifer was transgender, he brutally murdered her, leaving her to be found by her friend and the motel receptionist. 

The full programme will be published here: www.cineqbirmingham.co.uk/film-programme