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Bumming Cigarettes with guest TIONA MCCLODDEN (Filmmaker Talkback) & Difficult Love by Zanele Muholi. Presented in partnership with Sistah Sinema. LGBTQ Family & friends programming.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Seattle, WA
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Bumming Cigarettes with guest TIONA MCCLODDEN (Filmmaker Talkback) & Difficult Love by Zanele Muholi. Presented in partnership with Sistah Sinema. LGBTQ Family & friends programming.
Saturday, April 20, 2:00 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Sistah Sinema (

Bumming Cigarettes (USA, 2012) 22 minutes
Directed by Tiona McClodden

Bumming Cigarettes is a short film about a brief and intimate meeting between a young Black lesbian woman who is in the process of taking an HIV test and a middle aged Black Gay HIV Positive man. Coming off of the devastation of a bad breakup with a girlfriend, Vee musters up the courage to go and take an HIV test to put her worst fears to rest. What she experiences during her trip to a local clinic is much more than she expects while sharing a cigarette with a stranger, Jimmy, during the 10 minutes that she awaits her test results.
Alia Hatch makes a strong debut in this short film, as a yyoung Black lesbian woman looking to discover her status. This is a breakthrough performance for James Tolbert, a native Philadelphian and professional actor living with HIV for 21 years. Alia and James deliver a moving performance in this film that explores complex issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic including the loss of intimacy and stigma that persons living with HIV/AIDS may encounter, while also encouraging awareness around HIV/AIDS testing and the way we treat persons living with the disease.

Difficult Love (South Africa, 2011) 48 minutes
Zanele Muholi / Peter Goldsmid

A highly personal take on the challenges facing black lesbians in South Africa today emerges through the life, work, friends and associates of "visual activist" and internationally celebrated photographer, Zanele Muholi. How real are the freedoms of newly won democracy for this diverse minority? This documentary offers a moving answer - and a compelling plea for understanding and tolerance. It offers a poignant personal journey illustrated by Zanele's photographs and a diverse range of encounters - lesbian activists, critics, commentators, victims and even a lesbian sangoma (traditional healer). It counters the charge head-on that being lesbian or gay is "unAfrican" or unChristian.

Zanele Muholi completed an advanced photography course at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown. She has worked as a community relations officer for the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW), a black lesbian organisation based in Gauteng, and as a photographer and reporter for Behind the Mask, an online magazine on lesbian and gay issues in Africa. She had a solo show at Le Case d'Arte, Milan.  She was the recipient of the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts, the first BHP Billiton/Wits University Visual Arts Fellowship and was the Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Peter Goldsmid is an award-winning and performance-oriented screenwriter-director-producer who entered the industry as a film editor, but soon went on to produce and direct, first as an employee of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and thereafter through his own company, Southern Exposure. Peter has been writing scripts since 1990, when he wrote the screenplay adaptation of Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca for an international feature film that starred Oscar-winner Kathy Bates. Between 1998 and 2006 he wrote, directed and co-produced four seasons of a human rights legal drama series, Justice for All. It was aired on primetime on national television in South Africa, winning numerous awards.



Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (View)
104 17th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144
United States

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