Cinema & Event Screenings

SRFF: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things + Q&A 

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  • Director-
  • Rating15
  • Film genresDocumentary, History
  • Duration116
  • Released2016
  • Film CastJack Anawak, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Allison Brewer

Birmingham’s International Festival of Social Justice Films.

Directors, producers and other special guests participating throughout.

18 Sep, 8pm | Tickets £7 (£5)

Festival pass £33 (£24)

As a small group in Nunavut, Canada prepare for a seminal LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.

This event was made possible through an Outreach award from the from the Canada-Uk Foundation

Plus Closing night reception

The film will be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by Birmingham

The camera takes us right into the hearts and homes of those who courageously grapple with the complexity of their identity on a daily basis. These people tell their stories with a vulnerability that can only stem from incredible strength. Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things dispels all of the homophobic myths and stereotypes about “gay Eskimos” and replaces them with images of LGBTQ Inuit not just surviving, but having fun, making out, and living it up.

Nish Israni from

The resulting film provides a both a handy guide to the Canada’s colonization of the north and its continuing effect of the Inuit. But despite its dark underpinnings, Two Soft Things provides a surprising portrait of our country’s northern-most queer population; a small but resolutely optimistic group committed to making change, one small step at a time.

Chris Dupuis from

Suggested 15 rating (71 min)
Director: Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa
English | 2016

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