Melbourne Queer Film Fest & complicity in Israel pinkwashing

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Queer cinema, which depicts the lives, stories, and experiences of LGBTQ+ people, attempts to shape our reality into one that is more vibrant and accepting of difference and diversity. As celebrated Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman explains, “We produce culture because we want to think of the possibility that we can better our lives, that we can reduce violence by the production of pleasure.” In other words, queer cinema is a form of cultural production that is inherently political. This is not the view of the organisers of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) in Australia, who have res…

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