Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things | Dirs. Mark Kenneth Woods & Michael Yerxa | 71mins | Canada | 2016
With Directors Q&A
An Inuit woman profiled in the film, Jesse Mike explains that “two soft things rubbing against each other” is the literal translation of an Inuktitut term for lesbian relationships, while “two hard things rubbing against each other” signifies gay male sexuality. This documentary offers fascinating insight into attitudes to queer sexuality in contemporary Inuit society and traces the violent legacy of colonialism that eclipsed an earlier Inuit embracing of polygamy and same sex relationships.
Aviliaq: Entwined | Dir. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | 15mins | Canada | 2014
Aviliaq: Entwined is set in a 1950’s arctic outpost camp, and tells the story of two Inuit lesbians struggling to stay together in a new world run by outsiders.