L E   F I F A
L E   F I F A
This film is part of the Arab World Institute of Paris s Carte Blanche

An experimental short film based on the eponymous gender-fluid Mesopotamian deity. Ishtar hosts a feast in an English country garden for five gender non-conforming/trans/non-binary siblings of colour. Each guest holds the history of their ancestors and their present-day selves. In an effort to affirm their historical and present existence, the film looks at gender’s colonial connotations and seeks to re-address the way in which the UK has imposed gender on people of colour.
Overview of some festivals:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), United Kingdom (2020)
OUTFEST Los Angeles, United States (2021)
Chéries-Chéris Film Festival, France (2021)
aGLIFF Prism Film Festival, United States (2022)
Queer City Cinema, Canada (2022)
Cinematographer Luciana Riso

In Partnership with

Institut du monde arabe


• Cinéma du Musée - Auditorium Maxwell-Cummings
Saturday, march 18, 2023, 08:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.


Mia Georgis

Mia Georgis

Mia Georgis (also known as Mica) is a trans Iraqi-British filmmaker. Their first film Ishtar (BBC/​ICA/​New Creatives) has played at Bafta and Oscar qualifying film festivals & is currently streaming online on BBC iPlayer, with a director’s cut on NOWNESS. It has been featured in an exhibition at the ICA; in an internationally touring exhibition with Contested Desires D6 Culture in Transit; and it went on a UK wide cinema tour as part of the season Queerious programmed by Birds Eye View Films. Last year Mia directed The Devotions, an ACE funded film for the live artist Barry Fitzgerald- which has screened at Bafta Qualifying festivals Aesthetica and Cork. At the end of 2022, they curated and edited RAT Zine-an ACE funded zine of newly commissioned work from 13 UK-based trans artists, which launched at the ICA. They have a special thanks credit on Oscar winner Andrea Arnold’s most recent feature Cow. They are a representative of Trans+ on Screen, and they spoke on their behalf alongside founder Alice Blanc at the ICO ID Screening Days 2022.

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
The Devotions (2022)

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