*all films & discussions are over 16s only.

Venues: The CCA, 350 Sauciehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD unless stated otherwise.

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RecreationPOC Shorts 

(people of colour)

Thursday 12th, 7 – 8.15pm
We present the first of another of our unique programmes of beautiful and innovative short films made by people of colour from all around the world. Expect glittering black ships, thoughts on seeing and not seeing, hidden histories & homoerotic breadmaking, wolves, black rock music, shimmering light, and revolutionary love. Featuring  ’Sight’ by Thirza Cuthand,  ** ‘Bloodlines’ Celeste Chan, * ‘Adoption’ by mihee-nathalie lemoine (aka kimura byol), ’How to Stop a revolution’ by Kenji Tokawa, ’Whole new Animal’ by Candice Lin, ‘Frustration’ by Steadfast, ’In Formation’ by Zave Martohardjono, and ’FML’ by Xandra Ibarro & Rob Fatal,

*distributed by Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir – Paris

**co-curated with Queer Rebels


Saturday 14th, 6 – 8.30pm

The Honey Bringer: Stories from the Sex-worker Freedom Festival, Dirs Vincent Lee and Clare Havell, UK, 2012, 30min
Recreation Dir Elaine Castillo, UK, 2009, 11:31min

Two films – one centered around the testimonies of women forced into sex work in the Philipines and the other around an international conference for sex–workers rights held in Calcutta. One panel – two representatives from Glasgow Sex Workers Open University (supports sex-workers self-organisation and decriminalisation of sex-work), a member ofFreedom Without Fear , (in solidarity with the anti-rape movement in India) and a current project development worker from the Angelou Centre (multi-faceted black led women’s centre). Our four panelists bring a wealth of direct life experiences and knowledge of the issues explored in these films. This event creates a rare opportunity for informed and respectful discussion on areas of life that are often polarized in debate – namely the intersections and differences between sex-work and sex-work trafficking

still from 'performing girl'

POC Shorts 2

Wednesday 18th, 7 – 8.15pm

Part 2 brings  holograms, streaming hair, samba, craft, mysterious crossings, tales of queer harlem, adventures in gender,  racist teachers, butch hairdressers in hiding, sectarian violence, and ghostly prescences. Featuring  ’Looking for Jiro’ by Tina Takemoto, Fluorescent Sin by Amirah Tajdin, *’Bang Bang’ by mihee-nathalie lemoine (aka kimura byol), ‘Performing Girl’ by Crescent Diamond, ’Auto Geography’ by Zave Martohardjono, ‘I Love my India’ by Tejal Shah, ’Holograms’ by Candice Lin,  and ‘The Heart’s Mouth’, segment of ‘Golden Golden’ by Erica Cho.

*distributed by G.I.V.

 *stills (L/R) Performing Girl, Holograms

Saturday 28th 6pm – 7pm, The Adam Smith Building, Room 718, Bute Gardens

(with Glasgow University Feminist Society)

Non, Je Ne Crois Pas Qu’elle Va Se Reproduire  Dir Rei Okata & Elaine Castillo, Uk, 2011, 6 min 20

Envoi, Dir Elaine Castillo, UK, 2011, 39min 16

The first is a non-reproduction of a 1959 Emmanuelle Riva interview – an actress who starred in the 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour, which has both been hailed as marking the initiation of French New Wave cinema and critiqued for it’s racism. The second is an essay-film, with two looped scenes from two Wong Kar-wai films (Happy Together and Days of Being Wild), as its points of departure and arrival (also: non-departure, non-arrival). On grief, migration, violence, speech, elaborate fantasies involving certain stars of Asian cinema, the writing body, the film-making body.

The film-maker will sadly not be present for Q & A as previously advertised.

 *stills (L/R) Envoi, Non, Je Ne Crois Pas Qu’elle Va Se Reproduire


Illustration by Cristy RoadSaturday 5th, 6 – 9pm

NO! The rape Documentary 94 mins, USA, 2006, Dir Aishah Shahidah Simmons.

& Panel Discussion

*shown as part of Black History Month

This award winning documentary film, created by a rape and incest survivor, took 13 years to complete. It is a combination of testimonials, scholarly interviews, activism and cultural education relating to the rape and sexual assault of African-American women by African-American men. It explores the complex pressures on black women to remain silent about abuses perpetrated by black men in the context of the constant and violent racism directed at African–American men. Impacting archival footage, spirited music, transformational dance, and performances from award-winning poets take viewers on a journey from enslavement of African people in the United States through to the present day. Violence prevention advocates, theologians, sociologists, historians, anthropologists, and other leading scholars and human rights activists provide an interdisciplinary context with which to examine sexual violence in African-American communities. It will be followed by a discussion led by representatives from Black Women’s Rape Action Project ,Black Feminists and Shakti Womens Aid from Edinburgh.

*image by Cristy C Road, with thanks!


Saturday 12th, 10am -4pm & Sunday 13th, 11-4pm
Kinning Park Complex , 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow, G41 1BA (next to Kinning Park underground)

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We are running a free weekend self defence class, taught by an experienced instructor. Please wear clothing and footwear that is comfortable for you. There will be frequent breaks and time for lunch –  which will hopefully be Free/Donation or if we can’t then bring a packed lunch – we’ll let you know before.
Places are limited so please book on – email digitaldesperados at yahoo.co.uk or phone/text 07400 610 319

*By women of colour we mean Black & Minority Ethnic women, for example, south & east asian, mixed, romany, indigenous peoples of australasia, the americas, the islands of the atlantic & the indian pacific, black, middle eastern, etc. etc. – all of the many different peoples who are the majority of the world.

Wednesday 16th, 7 – 8pm

Difficult Love,  Dirs Zanele Muholi and Peter Goldsmid, South Africa, 2010, 48 mins

Difficult Love presents a lively personal take on the challenges facing Black lesbians in South Africa today. This moving film features the life, photographs, work, friends and associates of “visual activist” and renowned photographer, Zanele Muholi.  She often steps in front of the camera herself to present, reflect and interview other South African lesbians. She says “ If you google black lesbians in South Africa ..mostly it’s hate crimes against lesbians and curative rapes..brutal killings become the common thing. You hardly find books that talk about black lesbians and their families, their children, about black lesbians and education, about black lesbians taking over the movement in a way they fully undertsnd; using art as means, about loves and lives and the living… so what makes this documentary different is that I have tried to tap into some of those elements.”


(shown as part of Black History Month)

Thursday 17th, 7 – 9pm

75mins, France, 2009 Dir Alexandra Dols

This documentary interweaves original photos, film clips and interviews with women involved in the FLN-ALN (National Liberation Front) during the struggle for national independence in Algeria.  Army veterans, nurses, logistical organisers, bomb deployers, spies, fundraisers and more recount and reflect on their experiences in cities, villages and the bush. To be followed by a discussion on contemporary colonialism led by Digital Desperados course participants.


Wednesday 23rd, 7 – 8.30pm 

*scottish premiere*

84 mins, USA, 2007, Dir James Spooner

WLBS is based on real events and takes the form of a ‘scripted documentary’. AJ, an African-American musician, is forced to reconsider his identity when challenged by the illusions of integration as he moves through the predominantly white East Village and Brooklyn indie rock scene.

 Watch the trailer here


*shown as part of Black History Month

Thursday 24th, 7 – 8.30pm

Dir Nevline Nnaji, USA, 2013

This documentary focuses on how black women were caught between the racism of the feminist movement and sexism in the black power movement and how they mobilised together in response to this marginalisation. It intermingles 1960/70’s archival footage from the US with contemporary interviews with women of colour activists from civil rights organisations such as the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee, the Black Panther party and the Third World Women’s Alliance.