Thirty-two films from 20 southern countries, documentaries and fiction, short and long, 14 shows and artistic installations and around ten panels and conversations are scheduled from September 22 to 25, 2022 in Tunis. Rich content that makes the 3e edition of the MQFF, a distinguished film festival.
From 600 to 1,200 festival-goers were present during the 1time and the 2e edition of the Mawjoudin Queer Film festival, maintained in 2018 and 2019 in Tunis. Interrupted for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival, founded by the “Mawjoudin–We Exist” Initiative, will take place in 2022, from September 22, in two places in Tunis, which will be communicated via social networks and emails. The programmers draw up a program centered essentially on the question of gender and non-normative sexuality. This is the first festival in North Africa that deals exclusively with this taboo theme.
This committed festival is rich in its cross-sectional approach in the fight against gender-based discrimination and repression. More “cinema” oriented, the festival is characterized by its debates around notions, linked to sexuality in its diversity, to discrimination, based on gender and gender expression. Cinematographic and artistic discoveries will promote exchanges between directors and artists from southern countries who will be present: guests from Latin America, the Mena region, some Arab and African countries will closely follow the progress of the event.
The Artworks section of the festival will highlight “Flat Art”, “Gender B Tounsi”, “Rock Paper Scissors”, “Classical: Frank Scholten Photography”, “Palestine” or even “Trans Balkan”. A variety of works waiting to be discovered. The opening will take place with a dance performance and the screening of a feature film entitled “My last night at a woman’s”. The panels will revolve around the Queer theme, community solidarity and Queer initiatives that are emerging in Tunisia or abroad. Performances around “spirituality and the Queer community”, “Street Jazz Voguing dance Workshops” and “Safety within the body and sound healing” will be within the reach of participating festival-goers and will be provided by professionals Aissa Amazigh, Fatma and Charfeddin. Panels around Law 230 and sexual health will take place on Saturday September 24, 2022. Writing workshops, “Belly dance” and the performance “Khansa” will also take place during the last two days of the festival.
The MQFF will keep its participants informed of its appointments in detail via social networks and emails for security reasons. With these same predispositions, the festival maintains a visibility which increases slowly but surely, according to Karam A, artistic director of the 3e editing. More than 200 films were received, only about thirty will be screened. At least 16 performers, civil society activists and filmmakers have confirmed their attendance.