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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.

Preceded by the short films My Mother Resents Me and Langston Dreams of Fancy Sailors.

DIRECTOR: Michelle Mohabeer
DURATION: 87 minutes
YEAR: 2019
Genre: Documentary
TYPE: Feature Films

About the Director

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.


Little Haiti Cultural Complex

212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, FL 33137

DATE: Sunday, February 9, 2020
TIME: 11:00 am