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January 11, 2013

Evenings Out

Daddies, butches and studs

Two films show the masculine side of women’s gender roles

Cleveland--Sistah Sinema returns to Negative Space Gallery on January 12 with a double feature examining the lives of queer women of color who are, to quote one director, “the woMAN in the relationship.”

The first, Paulara Hawkins’ They Call Me Sir, examines studs, masculine-identified black women who love women. In her film, she interviews five friends and tries to unwrap the complexities of the stud.

“There are categories and sub-categories that confuse the average person,” she writes. “But to them, it is crystal clear. There are daddies, butches, studs, soft studs, fems and girlie-girls.”

The second film is Kai M. Green’s It Gets Messy in Here, a 30-minute documentary on masculine-identified queer women.

What sets Green’s film apart is that it focuses on bathroom use--if you’re a butch lesbian who gets mistaken for a man, which do you use? If you’re FTM, what are the dangers of using the proper bathroom versus the embarrassments of using the women’s room? Combining humor and deep sociopolitical insight, Green’s subjects delve deeply into the issue, bringing their own personal experiences to the fore, since the personal is political.

Sistah Sinema is a national network of events focusing on cinema by and for queer women of color. A potluck social time begins the evening at 6:30 pm, followed by screenings at 7:30 pm and a moderated discussion afterward.

The screening will be held at Negative Space Gallery on the second floor of Asian Town Center, 3820 Superior Avenue in Cleveland. Admission is $5 in advance, $10 at the door. For more information, go to www.sistahsinema.com.

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