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Massimadi festival : Black Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans films

MASSIMADI the only Black LGBT Film Festival Canada to promote awareness of the unique social challenges faced by LGBT people of color

Massimadi festival : Black Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans films

MASSIMADI the only Black LGBT Film Festival Canada to promote awareness of the unique social challenges faced by LGBT people of color

CA$ 460
pledged of CA$ 5,000pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 11 2014 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 11, 2014

About

 The festival Massimadi is an ethnic LGBT film festival that takes place in Montreal during the Black History Month to include LGBT content in the activities marking Black History Month in the city. It has been running for the past six years.

Massimadi 2012
Massimadi 2012

The main objective of the film festival is to educate people of African and Caribbean descent in Montreal about the adverse effects of homophobia on the experiences of sexual and gender minorities in the diaspora as well as the home countries in Africa and Caribbean.

Massimadi comes from the contraction of two Haitian creole words “Masisi”, a pejorative word for “Fag” and “Madivinez” for “dyke”. By integrating these two perjerotive words, a new word "MASSIMADI” is coined for the only ethnic LGBT Film Festival in Canada. This act of creating a self-affirming term honors our Caribbean cultural experience.

 

Since its inception in 2009, Massimadi has grown to become a cultural fixture in the ethnic LGBT community. In the beginning, the venue for the film fest was at University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) for four years. Subsequently, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), downtown MTL, the Cinémathèque Québécoise and Cinéma du Parc have also hosted Massimadi.

Massimadi 2013 Booklet
Massimadi 2013 Booklet

The compilation of the Massimadi film library was completed in 2013 during the festival’s 5th anniversary. 

This catalogue is available at issuu.com/arcencieldafrique/docs/massimadi2013

MASSIMADI EN VILLE is an illustrate example of the film festival’s community collaboration program. MASSIMADI EN VILLE is held in different locations of MTL, such as community centers in NDG, high schools in Montreal-Nord, UQÁM, Concordia and McGill with the objectives of community outreach, screening for niche community groups who may or may not be able to attend MASSIMADI during the last week of February.

Wade Davis, Ex. NFL player, LGBT surrogate for President Obama; Darnell L. Moore, LGBT activist in NYC; Dr.Frieda Ekotto, University of Michigan; Charlot Jeudy of Kouraj, LGBT in Haiti.

The team from Massimadi 5 alongside the honorary co-presidents of 2013, Bertrand St-Arnaud, minister of justice QC, and Steve Foster, president of Conseil Québécois LGBT, at cinéma du parc (photo K. Calixte)
The team from Massimadi 5 alongside the honorary co-presidents of 2013, Bertrand St-Arnaud, minister of justice QC, and Steve Foster, president of Conseil Québécois LGBT, at cinéma du parc (photo K. Calixte)

Following the success of Massimadi in Montreal, other ethnic LGBT community-based-organizations in Europe have sought permission to organize a similar version of Black LGBT Film Festival in Europe, Brussels, with the same name : Massimadi Bruxelles .

“MERCI” to about 200 volunteers for over 5 years of MASSIMADI : you are our unsung hero.

of participants since its inception. Massimadi gets bigger and bigger every year.

Affiches Massimadi
Affiches Massimadi

Apart from cinematographic projections or film and documentary screening, the film fest as a community event has included a variety of activities: discussions with the film makers and LGBT prominent personalities, panel discussions, conferences, and social support gatherings.

Each day of the week-long festival has a theme that succinctly captures the objectives of films and documentary screened.

Massimadi 2013 guests
Massimadi 2013 guests

A printed guide of program-line-up will be issued to all participants and attendees during the film festival. MASSIMADI’s brochure will also be available on social medial website.

Invited guests are from South Africa, Brussels, United Kingdom, United States, Ontario, Calgary and Montreal; they include LGBT activists, Canadian politicians and an Oscar winning film make.

Publicity campaign is projected to reach about 200,000 people.

Massimadi is an award winning film festival (excellent project) by gala arc-en-ciel, QC, 2012

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge that we might encounter is to not reach our financial goal. If this happens, we might have to cancel screening days as we will not be able to afford to fly in and pay honorarium to our special guest. When it comes to organizing the festival our 6 years of experience allowed our to become expert in this matter.

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