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Saturday, February 11, 2023 | Doors at 5:30pm | At Vox | Free |
Ya Sapphics! Lesbian SWANA Cinema
Screening, Valentine's Party, Philabibi Closing DJ Sets

Ya Sapphics!

Presented by Batikh Batikh
Saturday, February 11, 2023 | Doors at 5:30pm | At Vox | Free |

Screening will begin at 6pm followed by Batikh Batikh’s Valentine’s party. Starting at 10pm Philabibi will be hosting a dance party showcasing music from the SWANA region.

FREE! Pre-registration and donations to Batikh Batikh can be made here

The theme for the night is “yearning!” Nothing epitomizes sapphic desire like longing and melancholia. This FREE screening focuses on lesbian relationships and sensuality, with hypnotic visuals and absurd scenarios. These films never question the queerness of their subjects but follow heroines as they navigate how to authentically be themselves in systems of imperialism, homophobia, and the ridiculousness of everyday life.

The program is available for a traditional screening from 6-8pm in the Black Box theater.The films will then be on loop during our Valentine’s Day party where audio is accessible through the theater space as well as several private headphones. At the end of the night, we will be hosting a dance party project by Tracy Chahwan and Nebila Oguz called Philabibi, showcasing music from the SWANA region. We will have hard and soft drinks for sale as well as traditional Arab desserts made by our local aunties! All food and drink sales help support Batikh Batikh’s future programming! Come drink, dance, feed your crush sweets, and watch some cinema.

Masks and personal testing before and/or after are encouraged.

Featured Artists

Sarah Kaskas
Darine Hotait
Ayla Çekin Satijn
Malak Mroueh
Mona Khaouli
Metin Akdemir

Tracy Chahwan
Nebila Oguz

Curated by Sarah Trad, Batikh Batikh

Batikh Batikh is a pop-up cinema and gallery that centers SWANA (South West Asian North African) women and queer artists. Founded by local filmmaker and curator, Sarah Trad, BB focuses on bringing SWANA films to Philadelphia and helping local queer and women artists acquire resources and solo exhibitions at rented spaces.Based on an anti-capitalist art model, where all art is free to the public with featured artists paid, these screenings and exhibitions will provide programming that showcases SWANA and queer joy outside the Western gaze.

Please note that Vox Populi is located on the third floor of a historic warehouse building at 319 N. 11th Street and that there are five steps leading from the street-level to the first-floor landing where the passenger elevator picks-up/drops-off. The entry into/out of the elevator is 29-inches wide, so may not accommodate all wheelchairs or motorized chairs. Any individual requiring a ramp to navigate this entryway is encouraged to get in touch with Vox Populi ahead of time to coordinate ramp-access and discuss accessibility details. Our ramps may not be suitable for all wheelchairs or motorized chairs, so we strongly encourage anyone requiring a ramp to be in touch at: or 215.238.1236

Ya Sapphics! Lesbian SWANA Cinema
February 11, 2023 @ 5:30 pm
February 11, 2023 @ 11:30 pm