Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Director: Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa

Country: Canada

Language(s): English

Runtime: 71 min

Rating: PG

Festival year: 2016

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Directors Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa bring us the best-titled film of the festival—an exploration of what happens when a remote Arctic community decides to hold an LGBT2Q+ pride celebration. Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things provides insightful historical grounding on how colonization, religion, forced migration, and cultural assimilation have impacted gender and sexuality in Inuit culture. Then the focus shifts—as it should—to Inuit traditions of sexuality and gender that predate colonial notions of pride and queerness. The film also covers recent activities in Iqaluit, including the origins of annual pride events and new high school initiatives. This layered doc is a labour of love that asks important questions about cultural survival, the process of regaining histories, and what self-determination may bring.

Post-film Q&A with Directors:
Mark Kenneth Woods

Michael Yerxa

Followed by: Two-Spirit Directions workshop with Harlan Pruden

Spotlight Sponsors:  SFUW_LogoWordm_3C     VanMGM_Logo_Small1

Screening Sponsors:, Telus

Preceded by:

2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99
Thirza Cuthand | Canada | 2016 | 5 min
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