Queer Coolie-tudes reclaims the slur of “Coolie“ and compellingly visualizes the inter-generational lives, histories, creole identities, familial relations and sexualities of a diverse range of subjects from the Queer Indo-Caribbean and Black Diasporas in Canada. Instead of succumbing to pressures to find a shared narrative or common ground, the documentary is a powerful collection of testimonies: mixed-race identities, genderqueer, gender, age and disability are portrayed in nuanced ways. Speaking to the limits of identity and the violence of mainstream categorizations, Queer Coolie-tudes uses an experimental visual aesthetic to illustrate the importance of not accepting erasure.
Michelle Mohabeer is Guyana-born and lives in Toronto. She is an award-winning filmmaker and media artist. Queer Coolie-tudes (2019) is her second experimental feature documentary, Prior films include the feature essay documentary: Blu In You (2008), Coconut/Cane & Cutlass (1994), and various shorts such as Echoes (2003) and Tracing Soul (2000), and the experimental narrative Child-Play (1996). Her work has screened at over 300 festivals worldwide.and written about in the books and journals such as Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors, The Romance of Transgression in Canada, and The Bent Lens. She teaches at York University, in Toronto.
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