Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project - QWOCMAP
Founded in 2000, QWOCMAP fundamentally disrupts the nature of filmmaking by changing who creates films, and strives to make the most marginalized visible and vocal in the most expensive art form in the world. We create, exhibit and distribute new films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender and transgender), gender nonconforming and transgender people of color (of any sexual orientation), and that address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities. We serve African Descent/Black, Asian Pacific Islander (API), Chicanx/Latinx, First Nations/Native American/American Indian/Indigenous (Two-Spirit FNAI), Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA), and Mixed-Race queer women of color, gender nonconforming and transgender people of color. To ensure equitable access, we prioritize the most vulnerable members of our community which include low-income, immigrant, disabled, youth and elders.
QWOCMAP empowers and engages communities to create films with broad cultural and political impact. We exhibit films to increase awareness and understanding, deepen democratic engagement and build solidarity. We distribute films to strengthen social justice movements. QWOCMAP fosters shared understanding and builds community through participation in the arts in order to spark action for equity and justice. We collaborate with human services, performing arts and other nonprofit organizations to amplify the impact of our work across the social justice spectrum to transform artistic practice and communities.