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The North African Queer Film Festival features stories by and about sexual and gender minorities in North Africa and its diasporas in an effort to cast a light on the social, political, emotional and cultural aspects of queer identity in the region while challenging historically dominant modes of representation and continuous erasure of LGBTQ+ North Africans.

A celebration of queerness in North Africa both in our collective past and present, this festival offers an unprecedented look into queer cinematic and cultural productions from the region and aims to create a strong sense of community and belonging for North African queer people across the globe.

The films in this program serve as a window into the historical presence of queer people in the region who have always been here despite marginalization, criminalization and erasure by the current systems of oppression in North Africa inherited from colonization, similarly to the rest of Africa and the colonized world.

Dhakira Collective is an independent research, archival

and curatorial platform that foregrounds art, cinema and music outside the

western canon based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal.

We recognize that we are we are operating from the unceded Indigenous territory of Tiohtià:ke

which forms part of the Kanienʼkehá:ka nation and the Haudenosaunee confederation and wish to express our solidarity with First Nations people across Turtle Island in their struggle against

settler colonialism, imperialism, land theft and genocide.

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