Friday, June 11, 2010

Painting the Spectrum 2010 : SASOD's Sixth Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Painting the Spectrum 6 : Schedule of Films

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Mondays from Tuesday 1 June to Wednesday 30 June, 2010

Venue : Sidewalk Cafe, Middle Street, Georgetown Guyana

Guest Programmer : Paul Lee

The films organised by Paul Lee are organised in Programmes with titles and are indicated as such. There are other films which have been added to expand the range of films and to take advantage of the screening time available.

Programme starts at 7pm each night

Admission is FREE. All films are intended for mature audiences unless otherwise indicated

Tuesday 1 June


Kirk Shannon Butts, USA, 2007, 75 minutes, English

Blueprint features the music of Nhojj, a Guyanese born musician who made history this year by becoming the first black musician to win an Out! Music Award - this for his song "Love".

Blueprint is the story of Keith and Nathan, two college freshmen in New York City who meander into a very new relationship together. Blueprint has screened in over 30 international film festivals and been nominated for awards at all of the major gay film festivals in New York (NewFest), San Francisco (Frameline), Los Angeles (Outfest) and London (Gay & Lesbian) as well as the film market at the Cannes Film Festival.

Film donated by Kirk Shannon Butts

Wednesday 2 June
Programme : From Bollywood with Love 2

Bombay/Mumbai is India's première cosmopolitan city, main commercial centre, and home to the largest and most prolific film industry in the world. Behind the veneer of glittering skyscrapers and glamorous Bollywood studios there exists an active, albeit covert, gay scene. Happy Hookers profiles the lives and the work of several male sex workers that ply their trade in the shadows of India’s dream factory.

Happy Hookers
Ashish Sawhny, India, 2006, 53 minutes, colour, documentary, in English & Hindi with English subtitles.
20% of MSM (men having sex with men) in India admit to engaging in commercial sex despite living amidst antiquated laws on sexuality and a morally conservative climate. Male sex workers Shakeel, Imran, and Vicky share their stories, sexualities, and their ease of living double lives in Bombay/Mumbai.
**SAATHII Rainbow Award (Best Documentary), 2007 Kolkata Siddhartha Gautam Film Festival

Programme : From Bollywood with Love 3

With each flirtatious smile and with every sly sidewards glance, an abundant bosom of pathos and eros permeate the transgender lives of the spirited dancers in Gulabi Aaina - The Pink Mirror. Behind their campy humour and their high drama dance the quiet yearnings for life and love, in an entrancing choreography of gender identities. The men in Bomgay offer a glimpse of the lively sexual underground and furtive encounters that are such an integral part of gay life in this vibrant metropolis.

Gulabi Aaina - The Pink Mirror
Sridhar Rangayan, India, 2002, 40 minutes, colour, drama, in Hindi with English subtitles.

Sridhar Rangayan is one of India’s pioneering gay filmmakers. His film is India's first film on hijra . It is a campy and colourful look into the Indian gay closet. With two older hijra and a gay teenager contending for the prize catch of a handsome hunk, what else can one expect but a riotous mix of Bollywood dance, drama and desire?

**Best Film, 2003 Lille Question de Genre Queer Film Festival
**Jury Award (Best Feature Film), 2004 Fire Island Film Festival

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Monday 7 June

Programme : Coming out Stories

From animated first-person stories to unraveling family secrets to dealing with a homophobic best friend, the young women and men in these three films present three very different approaches to the tentative and treacherous process of confronting one’s own sexuality, and coming out to friends and family.

Sisters without Misters
Cynthia Cheeseman, Trinidad & Tobago, 2009, 12 minutes, colour & b/w, documentary, in English with no subtitles.
Two lesbians living in Trinidad talk about their lives and coming out.

Beyond the Closet
Christine Engel, Canada, 2009, 23 min., colour & b/w, animation/documentary, in English with no subtitles.
Using a variety of animation techniques to tell the coming out experiences of several young women and men, filmmaker Christine Engel approaches the familiar terrain of coming out stories with unusual and innovative creative storytelling.

A Jihad for Love
Parvez Sharma, 12 countries , 2008, 81 minutes, documentary, various languages

Filmed over 5 1/2 years, in 12 countries and 9 languages, "A Jihad for Love" comes from the heart of Islam. Looking beyond a hostile and war-torn present, this film seeks to reclaim the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, which can mean 'an inner struggle' or 'to strive in the path of God'. In doing so the film and its remarkable subjects move beyond the narrow concept of 'Jihad' as holy war.

Film donated by Parvez Sharma

Tuesday 8 June

Programme 5: Streets of San Francisco - The Films of Jenni Olson
A pioneer in the queer film movement, Jenni Olson has been programming, researching, collecting, creating, and writing about GLBT film since 1986, and is one of the world's leading experts on GLBT cinema. She is the former director of entertainment and e-commerce for and, where she founded, a massive GLBT film website ( that is based on her book, The Ultimate Guide to Lesbian & Gay Film and Video (Serpent's Tail, 1996).

Jenni's debut feature film, The Joy of Life, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Her latest archival research project, The Queer Movie Poster Book (Chronicle Books), is a 2005 Lambda Literary Award nominee. Her vintage queer movie trailer program, Homo Promo, is now available on DVD from Strand Releasing.

As a film collector and archivist, Jenni has compiled the historical movie trailer programs Homo Promo (1991), Neo Homo Promo (1993), Jodie Promo (1995), Trailer Camp (1995), Afro Promo (1997), Trailers Schmailers (1997), and Bride of Trailer Camp (2001), all of which have been shown at film festivals around the world.

As a video artist, Jenni has made Levi's 501s Commercial (1991), Sometimes (1994), Blow-up (1997, co-directed with Kadet Kuhne), Meep Meep! (2000), and Matzo Maidels (2003, co-directed with Julie Dorf and Monica Nolan). Blue Diary (1997), Jenni's first 16mm short as writer/director, has screened at more than 100 film festivals internationally since premiering at the 1998 Berlin International Film Festival. Her films have screened at festivals from Antalya to Zurich (including such notable venues as: The Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, the Pacific Film Archive, and the American Cinematheque).

As a film producer, Jenni was the consulting producer on By Hook or By Crook, a queer DV feature by Harriet "Harry" Dodge and Silas Howard, which premiered at Sundance in 2002. Her latest effort as producer is the playful 35mm short, Sing Along San Francisco (directed by Georgina Corzine), which premiered at the 2002 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Credits as associate producer include the 1996 British Channel 4 documentary, Jodie: An Icon (directed by Pratibha Parmar, the film is about Jodie Foster as an icon for lesbians); Canadian filmmaker Paul Lee's cinemascope 35mm short, The Offering; and Jill Burnett's This Way Out, a documentary about gay asylum seekers and their journeys to escape persecution in their homelands.

Jenni was the Co-Director of the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (working with queer film pioneer Mark Finch) from 1992-1994; she continues to be a consulting programmer to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Transgender Film Festival. She has done extensive work as a film programmer and public speaker, as well as served on numerous film festival juries and screening committees. She continues to write about GLBT film for The Advocate, and the Bay Area Reporter, as well as for a variety of other publications. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, Julie, and their two daughters, Hazel and Sylvie.

Sensual and beautiful, evocative and poetic, moving and heartbreaking, the experimental films of Jenni Olson weave together history, women's desires and sexuality, the ebbs and flows of life, and the urban landscapes of San Francisco, into a magical journey of revelations. The formally rigorous and deftly executed choreography of static shots and voiceovers provide an engaging viewing experience that is both contemplative and entrancing. These understated award-winning films offer a glimpse of an intensely personal vision in independent filmmaking, and show what compelling stories a talented filmmaker could tell, with an economy of means.

Jenni Olson, U.S.A., 1994, 1 minute, colour, experimental, in English with no subtitles.
Jenni Olson shows us just what "butch" means in 30 seconds.

Blue Diary
Jenni Olson, U.S.A., 1997, 7 minutes, colour, experimental, in English with no subtitles.
Through voiceover and static San Francisco landscapes, Blue Diary tells the melancholy story of a young lesbian pining over a one-night-stand with a straight girl.
**Director's Choice Award, 17th Black Maria Film & Video Festival
**Second Prize (Experimental), 25th Athens International Film Festival
**Trophy Winner, 1998 Rochester International Film Festival
**Prize Winner, 1998 Charlotte Film & Video Festival
**Honorable Mention, 22nd Atlanta Film & Video Festival

Meep Meep!
Jenni Olson, U.S.A., 2000, 1 minute, colour, experimental, in English with no subtitles.
A one-minute tale of lesbian drama, set against a backdrop of gorgeous urban landscapes.

The Joy of Life
Jenni Olson, U.S.A., 2005, 65 minutes, colour, experimental, in English with no subtitles.
The Joy of Life is an unconventional appreciation of the streets and stories of San Francisco, combining stunning landscape cinematography with a lyrical, well-crafted voiceover, to offer a poetic reflection on the City By the Bay. Grappling with gender identity issues and the occasional episode of depression, the film's lone protagonist pinballs from sexual conquest to neurotic despair, manic romance to pathetic solitude. The voiceover balances melancholy angst and wry humor in its Casanova account of various urban, romantic, and sexual adventures - from the frisson of flirting to the heartache of rejection. This narrative of self-discovery resonates with her discovery of the city, and leads into an in-depth documentary reflection on the history of suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge (after a capsule production history of Frank Capra's 1941 melodrama, Meet John Doe), exploring the original bridge design - once described as "suicide-proof", and the decades-long debate over construction of a suicide barrier on the number-one suicide landmark in the world.
**Marlon Riggs Award, 2005 San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards
**Best U.S. Screenplay, 17th New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
**OUTstanding Artistic Achievement, 23rd Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival


575 Castro St.
Jenni Olson, U.S.A., 2008, 7 min,, colour, experimental, in English with no subtitles.
575 Castro St. reveals the play of light and shadow upon the walls of the Castro Camera Store set for Gus Van Sant’s film Milk. These mundane shots are almost bereft of movement and sound. So quiet, so still. All the better to showcase the range of emotions evoked by Harvey Milk’s words on the soundtrack. The audio track is an edited down version of the 13-minute audio cassette that Harvey Milk recorded in his camera shop on the evening of Friday, November 18, 1977 (a few weeks after his election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors which made him one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States). Labeled simply: In-Case the tape was to be played, in the event of my death by assassination. The sensibility of 575 Castro St. hearkens back to the style of the dozens of Super 8 gay short films of the 70s that passed through Harvey Milk’s hands to be processed and developed at the Castro Camera Store.

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Wednesday 9 June
Programme 8: Sabores de Mujeres – Claudia Morgado Escanilla
Born in Santiago de Chile, Claudia Morgado Escanilla graduated from Montreal’s Concordia University in 1991 with an award for outstanding achievement in the film program. Since then she has produced, written and directed more than ten short films that have garnished international recognition and awards, including the Berlin Teddy in 1996 for her film Unbound. Her films have been screened at major film festivals such us Berlin, Sundance, and Toronto. In 2000 she completed the Director’s in Residency program at the Canadian Film Centre where she directed the short film Martirio (Sufferance). Claudia resides in Vancouver, where she has worked in the local film industry for the past sixteen years, in post production and script supervision. She is currently in development of her first feature film entitled Patagonia, originally funded by Téléfim Canada’s screenwriting program. She is also currently completing her master’s degree in Resource Management and Environmental Studies.

Claudia Morgado Escanilla, Canada, 1996, 5 minutes, colour, drama, no dialogue.
A sensual portrait of a woman seducing herself with poetry and music.
**Jury’s Award, 1997 Yorkton Film Festival
**Special Mention, 1997 Festival der Nationen

Claudia Morgado Escanilla, Canada, 1995, 19 minutes, colour, documentary, in English, Spanish, and Arabic with English subtitles.
Unbound is a docudrama in which sixteen women of different nationalities, races, and ideologies free themselves from societal definitions, stereotypes, and the prison of the bra. In the act of unbinding, they speak directly to the camera with humor and insight, about the significance of their breasts in their lives and diverse cultures. Presented as a series of brilliantly coloured, vibrant tableaux, which are take-offs on well-known works by DaVinci, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Kahlo, the film breaks through the constraints of traditional filmmaking and the censorship of women's bodies.
**Teddy Award (Best Documentary), 1996 Berlin International Film Festival
**Best Foreign Short Film, 1997 Créteil International Women's Film Festival
**Isabella Liddell Award for Best Women’s Issues Film, 1996 Ann Arbor Film Festival
**Jury’s Award, 1995 Northwest Film & Video Festival
**Certificate of Merit, 1995 Chicago International Film Festival

No Bikini
Claudia Morgado Escanilla, Canada, 2007, 9 minutes, colour, drama, in English with no subtitles.
At seven years old, defiant Robin decides to go without her bikini top at a summer camp…with surprising results!
**Grand Jury Prize, 2008 PlanetOut Short Movie Award
**Best Short Film, 2008 Zürich Pink Apple Film Festival
**Best Short Film Award, 2008 Calgary Fairy Tales Film Festival
**Best Short Film Award, 2008 New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
**Audience Award (Best Short Film), 2007 Northwest Film & Video Festival
**Audience Award (Short Film), 2008 San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
**Audience Award (Best Women’s Short), 2008 Pittsburgh Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
**Audience Award, 2008 Bern Queersicht Film Festival
**Audience Award, 2008 Fire Island Film and Video Festival
**Audience Award, 2008 Hamburg Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
**Audience Award, 2008 Rochester ImageOut Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
**Honorable Mention, 2008 La Matatena Children’s Film Festival
**Honorable Mention (Best Short Film), 2008 Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival
**Honorable Mention (Best Screenplay), 2008 Tofifest
**Honorable Mention, 2008 Reel2Reel Youth Film Festival
**BAFTA/LA Certificate of Excellence, 2008 Mill Valley Children’s Film Festival

Sabor a Mí
Claudia Morgado Escanilla, Canada, 1998, 22 minutes, colour, drama, in Spanish with English subtitles.
Sabor a Mí is an erotic meditation about sensual yearnings, the guilty pleasures of watching, and the secret complicity of desire. Two women secretly watch the most intimate moments of each other's lives. Chance meetings between the two soon become deliberate encounters, and the women discover their mutual longing for each other.
**Jury’s Award, 1998 Northwest Film & Video Festival
**Audience Award (Best Short Film), 1998 Créteil International Women's Film Festival
**Best Cinematography Award, 1998 Toronto Images Festival of Independent Film & Video
**Honorable Mention, 1998 Torino Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
**Honorable Mention, 1998 Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival
**Honorable Mention, 1998 Vancouver Out on Screen Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Jules Rosskam, USA, Documentary, 61 minutes
Pink or blue. Male or Female. Mommy or Daddy. Categories that we all take for granted are blown wide open in “transparent,” a new documentary film about 19 female-to-male transsexuals living in the United States who have given birth and, in all but a few stories, gone on to raise their biological children.
“transparent” focuses on its subjects’ lives as parents – revealing the diverse ways in which each person reconciles this part of their history - giving birth and being biological mothers - now that they identify as male and are perceived by the world, but only sometimes by their children, as men. The first-person stories in "transparent" explain how changing genders is dealt with and impacts the relationships, if at all, within these families.

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Monday 14 June
Programme : Queer Bodies, Queer Spectacles

Three very different documentary films that challenge the mainstream notions of desirability, by putting a queer spin on body image, performance and spectacle, and female sexuality.

Chubb Rubb: A Fat Cabaret
Alexis Mitchell, Canada, 2006, 10 minutes, colour, documentary, in English with no subtitles.
Large and in charge, larger than life, the women in Toronto’s Fat Femme Mafia have been whipping the world with the strong words of the politics of size. Chubb Rubb: A Fat Cabaret follows the Fat Femme Mafia, their fat co-conspirators and allies, in the days leading up their first and highly anticipated performance. Through interviews, asides, and performances, Rubb My Chubb lays the groundwork for these fierce fatties to continue to make their politics known to the rest of the world, as the appetite for these luscious ladies continues to grow and grow.

Circus Geeks and Sideshow Freaks
Tori Foster & Alexis Mitchell, Canada, 2008, 12 minutes, colour, documentary, in English with no subtitles.
Circus Geeks and Sideshow Freaks follows the queer clown duo the Hobo Homos as they transform an art space into a spectacular circus performance. Scandalous, sexy, and fun, Circus Geeks explores the need for cutting-edge, contemporary political expression by reclaiming the notion of “freak” for the queer community.


Hüseyin Karagöz, Turkey, 2005, 53 minutes, colour, documentary, in Turkish with English subtitles.
A touching portrait of a feisty Turkish transsexual, who has lived through many periods of tumultuous times, each of these chapters a fragment of her life marked by a different name she has chosen to call herself after abandoning her original name of Mustafa: Ayla (Aura), Ülkü (Ideal) and Bahar (Spring). The film was shot in Istanbul, with interviews conducted around the time of Bahar's much-desired facial surgery.

Tuesday 15 June

1. Jagadamba : Mother of the Universe
Amber Field, USA, 2008, English, 10 minutes

Amber Field was born in Korea in 1975 and adopted by a white American woman. She grew up in Korea, Nepal, Liberia and the US. This is a film about her healing journey through music to find her home in the world.

Official Selection
* Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2008
* San Francisco Women's Film Festival 2009
* LA Mixed Roots Film Festival 2009

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2. Programme : Faith Will Tear Us Apart

The increasingly vociferous struggle by gay and lesbian Christians for acceptance in the Episcopal Church in the U.S. has brought about a schism in worldwide Anglicanism that could potentially split the Anglican Communion apart. While queer Anglicans are making significant achievements in their fight to transform an oppressive Christian tradition into a modern force of liberation, prejudices and abuses of organized religion are still prevalent around the world - particularly in an era when the word “faith” is merely code for nationalistic, homophobic, and other forms of violence. With its emphasis on the ironies of sexual politics, Not That Kind of Christian!! uses entrenched homophobia as a grand example of how long-standing prejudice can be overcome through equally long-standing resistance. As its devoutly Christian (and male) interviewees offer an internal critique of Christian patriarchy, the film implies that our best cure for homophobia should come from within the Church, the very organization responsible for propagating homophobia; and that our defiant activism could profoundly shape our personal liberties at the highest institutional levels.

Not That Kind of Christian!!
Andrew Grossman, U.S.A., 2007, 80 min., colour, documentary, in English with no subtitles.
In his thought provoking first film, Andrew Grossman brought together a number of major players in the Anglican sexuality debate, each of them representing a different place on the spectrum of sexuality and religion: Louie Crew, the creator of Integrity, the Episcopal Church’s first LGBT rights organization, founded in 1974; Bishop Gene Robinson, the world’s first openly homosexual bishop and an icon of gay civil liberties; Bishop John S. Spong, a pro-gay bishop with a uniquely agnostic, heretical approach to Christian dogma; Douglas LeBlanc, a conservative Anglican journalist who attempts to understand gay rights issues despite his fundamentalist beliefs; and David Virtue, the Anglican Communion’s most influential conservative layperson, who believes any gay Christian activism will sabotage the Church’s evangelism in Africa, where a majority of Anglican bishops still adhere to 19th century, colonial-era definitions of homosexuality. Interspersed amidst their interviews are the diverse voices of Episcopalians across America that Louie Crew has anonymously telephoned, giving us a spontaneous, uncensored picture of where the “average” parishioner stands on the film’s issues of sexual inclusiveness and political progressiveness. Also speaking in the film is Ernest Clay, Louie Crew’s African-American husband of thirty-two years, who, like Louie Crew, emerged from the conservatism of the Deep South into the more liberal Episcopalian tradition. But the film is not limited to the current Episcopal crisis; analyzing the crossroads of Biblical sexuality, conservative ideology, and African and African-American gay rights, the film offers a far-reaching critique of how homophobia continues to operate in multiple contexts.
**Silver Remi Award, 40th WorldFest Houston

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Wednesday 16 June

Programme From Bollywood with Love

Sridhar Rangayan's most recent feature film, 68 Pages, was India’s first feature film to address HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community. Produced by The Humsafar Trust in Mumbai/Bombay - the main NGO in India that disseminates HIV/AIDS education and preventative measures, 68 Pages packs a lot of information with even more warmth and affections.

68 Pages
Sridhar Rangayan, India, 2007, 92 min., colour, drama, in Hindi with English subtitles.
In the 68 pages of her diary, an HIV/AIDS counsellor records the pain and joy of her work, and her clients’ despair and hope, their tears and laughter. The lives of her five clients, from high-risk groups such as heterosexual sex worker, drug user, gay and transgender, change dramatically when they are confronted with their seroconversion. Their life-affirming stories of courage and resilience are a tribute to the human spirit.
**Silver Remi Award, 41st WorldFest Houston

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Riyad Vinci Wadia, India, 1996, 12 minutes, colour, drama, in English with no subtitles.
India's first gay short film from India's pioneering gay filmmaker, and based on a collection of poems by Indian writer R. Raj Rao, the six vignettes in this multi-layered portrait of gay life in Bombay/Mumbai are poignant, sexy, and political.

Monday 21 June

Programme : Family Secrets for Fathers Day
One of life's thorny hurdles faced by many in the GLBT communities is to have to find ways to navigate the difficult terrains of their families. Through dealing with family expectations, disapprovals, and upheavals, the young people in these three films come of age, and find strength and spirit, to embrace the journeys that lie ahead.

Cadillac Blues
Mazen Khaled, Lebanon, 2003, 26 minutes, colour, drama, in Arabic with English subtitles.
Three days in the life of two Lebanese brothers, Omar and Ryan. They are close. They go out together. They have common friends. They share the same living space, the same mobile phone, and a huge old Cadillac. But despite their closeness and all that they share, Omar has a secret nocturnal life which has its share of drug content. Ryan has an even bigger secret. Each one of them uses the Cadillac to live out his secret life.

The Marionettes
Matthew Mishory, U.S.A., 2009, 5 minutes, colour, experimental, in English with no subtitles.
In November 2008, California narrowly voted to end equal marriage for same-sex couples. Throughout the campaign, Proposition 8 advocates repeatedly claimed that marriage equality harmed children. The Marionettes is a creative response to that contention. The film uses striking marionettes, ornate miniatures, and stylized chiaroscuro lighting to tell the story of a little girl’s puppet show and a fantasy world where parental disapproval casts an unseemly pall.

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Simon Chung, Canada/Hong Kong, 2005, 80 minutes, colour, drama, in Chinese and English with English subtitles.
A Hong Kong teenager newly immigrated to Canada stands at the brink of adulthood, against the backdrop of conflicting cultures, familial discord and the exploration of his own emerging sexuality. The men he encounters - his handsome cousin, a classmate, an older man, and finally a kitchen help in his mother's restaurant, represent different stages in his emotional and sexual awakening, from infatuation, sex, love, to a sense of responsibility.
**National Film Board of Canada Award (Best Canadian Independent Film), 9th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

Tuesday 22 June

Programme : Home Away From Home
The affecting and sometimes affectionate stories told by the lesbians and gay men in these three films are testaments to their strength and courage, and ruminate on the effects that religion, colonialism, migration, and homophobia have on the lives of lesbians and gay men in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Voices of Witness Africa

Cynthia Black & Katie Sherrod, U.S.A./Uganda/Kenya/Rwanda, 2009, 30 min., colour, documentary, in English with no subtitles.
Anglican women and men from across Africa tell their stories of intolerance and community, of secrecy and hope, of facing challenges and seeking dignity as LGBT people of faith.

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The Shoes Weren't Made For Walking
Paul Lee, Canada/Hong Kong, 1995, 27 minutes, B/W & colour, experimental documentary, in Chinese and English with English subtitles.
The lives, loves, and social roles of four generations of Chinese women in the filmmaker's family, including the filmmaker's butch cross-dressing lesbian aunt and her girlfriend, are explored through the stories of their shoes.
**Silver Award (Women's Issues Film), 28th Houston International Film Festival
**Silver Award (Documentary), 2nd Hong Kong Independent Short Film Awards
**Runner Up Award, 27th National Council on Family Relations Media Awards
**Two Stars Award, 26th Canadian International Film Festival
**Certificate of Merit, 31st Chicago International Film Festival
**Honorable Mention (Documentary), 1996 Bettina Russell Women's Film Festival

This Way Out
Jill Burnett, Canada, 2004, 32 minutes, colour, documentary, in English with no subtitles.
Two gay men, one from Kenya and the other from Pakistan, and a lesbian from Brazil, recount their journeys to seek political asylum in the United States, for a new and safer life in San Francisco, away from the constant threat of homophobic violence and persecution in their respective homelands.
**Best Woman Director, 16th Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival
**Audience Award (Best Documentary), 14th Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Wednesday 23 June
The Gymnast Ned Farr, (USA), 2006, Drama, 96 minutes

The stunning Dreya Weber stars as a former top gymnast who discovers love and a new life path when she teams up with a dancer (played by former L.A. Lakers cheerleader Addie Yungmee) for an ambitious Las Vegas aerial act show. A visually compelling film that challenges notions of both ability and identity, THE GYMNAST is foremost a story about hope and taking the necessary risks to fully become yourself

Film donated by Lunar Fish Productions .

Monday 28 June

Programme 9: Men in Shorts
The relationships between men can be so fraught with preoccupations of power, dominance, and machismo. The portraits of men and male relationships in these six short films offer some alternative takes on the traditional notions and the tired clichés of male bonding, disrupting the mainstream norms with some unconventional but sometimes nurturing tenderness, affections, and inner strength.

The Goddess Method
Punam Sawhney, Canada, 2000, 6 minutes, colour, experimental drama, in English with no subtitles.
A young man is confronted by his South Asian family's expectations...what he should do, how he should he reveals the true spirit within him.

My Queer Samsara

Mazen Khaled, Canada/Lebanon, 2010, 10 minutes, colour & b/w, drama, in English with no subtitles.
My Queer Samsara is a critical look at a constructed social identity that hides underneath it a gnawing want; a need to 'go back home' and be fully accepted into the bosom of our very first loves, the ones who were supposed to take care of us, our families.'

Hong Khaou, U.K., 2006, 9 minutes, colour, drama, in English with no subtitles.
It is said that if one succeeds in catching a falling leaf in mid-flight, then a wish will be granted. Two best friends, Leung and Will, both 16 years old, go to the woods to catch themselves a wish.
**Best Short Film, 2006 Ibiza Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
**Audience Award (Best Short Film), 22nd Torino Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Thick Lips Thin Lips

Paul Lee, Canada, 1994, 6 minutes, B/W & colour, experimental, in English with no subtitles.
The meeting of lips is the setting for this musical short film about racist and homophobic violence.
**Best Short Film Student Jury Award, 5th Czech Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
**Best Artistic Direction, 3rd Cincinnati College Independent Film & Video
**Silver Award (Experimental), 1st Hong Kong Independent Short Film Awards
**Third Prize, 3rd Cabbagetown Film Festival Short Film Competition
**Director's Citation, 14th Black Maria Film & Video Festival
**Special Commendation, 25th Canadian International Film Festival
**Honorable Mention, 4th University of Oregon Queer Film Festival
**Honorable Mention, 27th Humboldt International Film Festival
**Honorable Mention (Experimental), 15th Utah Short Film & Video Festival

Delphinium: A Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman
Matthew Mishory, U.S.A., 2009, 13 minutes, colour, experimental, in English with no subtitles.
Delphinium is a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of Derek Jarman's artistic, sexual, and political awakening in post-war England. Part biographical narrative, part experimental collage, part personal meditation on the most controversial and important modern British artist and activist, the film finds in Jarman's childhood the stirrings of creative and individual epiphany that inspired a remarkable life. Features a special appearance by Keith Collins, Jarman's surviving muse, and a score by Arban and Steven Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees.


The Offering
Paul Lee, Canada, 1999, 10 minutes, colour, drama, no dialogue.
A wordless elegiac meditation on the passing of life, told through the story of love and friendship between a Japanese monk and the novice who entered his life, from their initial encounter to their final parting.
**winner of 71 awards to date

Makbul - The Favoured One
Hüseyin Karagoz, Turkey, 1999, 7 minutes, colour, drama, in Turkish with English subtitles.
Set in 16th century Ottoman Turkey, a silent foot-washing ceremony between Suleiman the Magnificent and his slave Ibrahim, who serves to prove that passion can turn the simplest task into an erotic experience.
**Silver Award (Short Historical Drama), 32nd Houston International Film Festival
**Honorable Mention, 2nd InterFilmFestival Nurnberg

The Milkman
Ken Takahashi, Canada, 2001, 8 minutes, colour, drama, no dialogue.

Two unlikely men come together to share love at its most basic level: a love that both nourishes and sustains life.
**Best of Fest, 2002 Bearded Child Film Festival
**Jury's Choice, 12th University of Oregon Queer Film Festival
**Festival Citation, 4th Manila eKsperim[e]nto Film & Video Festival
**Audience Award (Best GLBT Film), 4th Manila eKsperim[e]nto Film & Video Festival
**Audience Award (Best Short Film), 1st Buenos Aires Gay, Lesbian & Transgender International Film Festival
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Tuesday 29 June
Spectrum Celebration – poetry, dance, song

Wednesday 30 June

Kinky Boots
Julian Jarrold, (USA/UK) Comedy, 2005, 101 minutes
Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots is a comedy which challenges prejudice and intolerance. After the death of his father, Charlie Price must find a way to save his family's failing shoe factory , or his entire town would be left out in the cold. Charlie finds help in an unlikely ally - female impersonator "Lola", and together they would hatch a plot to save the factory.

Thank YOU to :

Paul Lee, and the directors who contributed their films through him
Kirk Shannon Butts
Parvez Sharma
Amber Field
Lunar Fish Productions
Sherlina Nageer
Greg Jagroo
Dr Nastassia Rambarran
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OAS approves third resolution on "Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"


The Organization of American States (OAS), convened in its 40th General Assembly in Lima, Peru, approved on June 8, 2010, a resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in the countries of the Americas.

This resolution is the result of the advocacy and coordination activities realized in the past four years by more than 20 LGBTTTI groups from 17 countries forming a Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean, which meets every year before the General Assembly to coordinate its advocacy work within the OAS.

As usual, the Coalition held its parallel event in preparation for the General Assembly to discuss strategies of involvement and advocacy within the OAS and more specifically during the 40th General Assembly. Guest participants at the event included Ambassador Santiago Canton, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights who expressed the commitment of the body in monitoring human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and offered an overview of the remedies available for the LGBTTTI communities in the region; Dante Negro, director of the Department of International Law of the OAS, who offered a detailed legal analysis of the draft resolution “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” and highlighted the achievements attained within the OAS on the issue; Irene Klinger, director of the Department of International Relations of the OAS, who highlighted the importance of the involvement of LGBTTTI civil society in all processes of the Organization, and particularly in its 40th General Assembly. A delegation from UNAIDS in Peru also attended the meeting.

During the informal dialogue between the Secretary General of the OAS and the civil society in Lima, three delegates from the LGBTTTI coalition questioned Secretary General José Miguel Insulza on some of the most relevant human rights violations occurring in the hemisphere, such as: the existence of legislation criminalizing same sex conducts in the English-speaking Caribbean and the related human rights abuses; human rights violations committed against the travesti, transsexual and transgender communities, as well as the lack of legal recognition of gender identity, by most of the member states; the restrictive trend that Peru is taking on the issue, specifically by having repealed reference to sexual orientation and gender identity from antidiscrimination clauses of several pieces of legislation. Mr. Insulza, recently re-elected for a second mandate to lead the OAS, reiterated his commitment and the commitment of the OAS to keep engaging with the aim of combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The day after, in the context of the dialogue between the heads of delegations of member states and the civil society, Sherlina Nageer, Guyanese activist and representative of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), read a statement (attached) as spokesperson of the Coalition in which activists from Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, and Belize reiterating to the ministers of foreign affairs the concerns already discussed on the previous day, additionally requesting member states to amend their domestic violence legislation to include the issue of violence experienced by lesbian and trans women within their families.

The Ambassador of Brazil to the OAS focused his intervention on the fight against homophobia reminding the meeting of the initiative that President Lula of Brazil recently undertook by officially establishing May 17 as National Day Against Homophobia in Brazil.

During the Assembly, the delegates from the LGBTTTI Coalition had a chance to have a formal meeting with Felipe Gonzalez, current Chairperson of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to discuss human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the hemisphere.

On June 8, during the last plenary session, the Annual Report of the Permanent Council (2009-2010), which contains the resolutions approved by the Permanent Council itself were presented. Among those, the resolution AG/RES. 2600 (XL-O/10) “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” (also attached) was adopted. Its text ratifies what was established in the previous years by the resolutions AG/RES.2435 (XXXVIII-O/08) and AG/RES. 2504 (XXXIX-O/09) entitled “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”.

The new resolution, presented by Brazil and co-sponsored by Bolivia, not only condemns acts of violence and human rights violations perpetrated against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and expresses its concern for violence against human rights defenders that work on related violations, but calls on member states to take all necessary measures to combat violations on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, ensuring full access to justice for the victims, and request the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to consider the possibility of conducting a thematic study.

For the first time, the resolution includes the notion of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, inviting the states to adopt measures against it.

As a Coalition, we celebrate the approval of this third resolution that we consider one of the tangible results of the advocacy work started in 2006 by Global Rights, Mulabi - Espacio Latinoamericano de Sexualidades y Derechos and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) – Latin America and the Caribbean, by coordinating the creation of this Coalition that initially focused its work on the advocacy for the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression in the draft Inter-American Convention against Racism and all Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance.

We thank Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, IGLHRC, and Global Rights for their support, making our participation in this year’s General Assembly possible.

The participants of the Coalition of LGBTTTI Organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean within the OAS were:

AIREANA - Camila Zabala – Paraguay, COLECTIVA MUJER y SALUD - Julie Betances – Dominican Republic, COLECTIVO “ANGEL AZUL”- RED LACTRANS - Jana Villaizán – Peru, COLECTIVO CONTRANATURAS – Paúl Flores Arroyo – Peru, CORPORACIÓN PROMOCIÓN DE LA MUJER - Tatiana Cordero - Ecuador, IGLHRC-LAC – Fernando D’Elio – Argentina, ASOCIACIÓN LIDERES EN ACCION - Germán Rincón Perfetti - Colombia, MOVIMENTO HOMOSEXUAL DE LIMA - Giovanny Romero Infante – Peru, MOVIMIENTO MANUELA RAMOS – Eduardo Jesus Juarez Villafuerte – Peru, ORGANIZACIÓN DE TRANSEXUALES POR LA DIGNIDAD DE LA DIVERSIDAD - Franco Fuica – Chile, PROMSEX - George Liendo – Peru, RED AFRO LGBTI - Edmilson Medeiros - Brazil, J-FLAG - Maurice Tomlinson – Jamaica, RED LACTRANS - Marcela Romero - Argentina, SENTIMOS DIVERSO – Zulma Quintero – Colombia, SEROvie – Steeve Laguerre – Haiti, SOCIETY AGAINST SEXUAL ORIENTATION DISCRIMINATION- Sherlina Nageer - Guyana, UNIBAM - Devon Gabourel – Belize.

As Coalition partner: Stefano Fabeni – Global Rights

Lima, Peru

June 8, 2010


(1) Photograph: SASOD’s Sherlina Nageer presenting the Lima declaration on behalf of the Coalition of LGBTTTI Organisations from Latin America and the Caribbean at the dialogue between heads of delegations of member states and civil society

(2) The Lima Declaration of the LGBTTTI Coalition and the OAS’ 2010 Resolution on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”

Mister Secretary General, Ministers, Members of the Official Delegations, Civil Society Representatives,

We, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Travesti, Transsexual, Transgender and Intersex organizations, convened in Lima, Peru on June 3 and 4, 2010, in accordance with the directives established by the General Assembly of the OAS in its resolutions AG/RES.2092(XXXV-O/05); CP/RES.759(1217/99); 840(1361/03); AG/RES.1707(XXX-O/00) and AG/RES.1915(XXXIII-O/03), which determine a regulatory framework to enhance and strengthen civil society participation in activities of the Organisation of American States (OAS) and in the Summit of the Americas process, highlighting the importance of the resolution AG/RES. 2504 (XXXIX-O/09):

Express our concern that the draft Declaration of Lima does not substantively link the notions of peace and security to the promotion of human rights and non-discriminatory policies, based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nor for people of African descent, the indigenous, women, youth, migrants, the elderly, persons living with disabilities or in poverty.

Policies for economic and social development must be related to wellbeing and affirmation of human rights. We are therefore alarmed about the introduction of legislation that removes protection for individuals based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, as well as the breach of the principle of State secularism, particularly concerning institutional policies and practices.

We emphasize that neither peace nor security are possible if everyone does not have a right to develop a plan for their life, and enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms protected by states.

This is the case of lesbian women, blackmailed by their families and forcibly confined in “rehabilitation” clinics, threatened and raped as corrective practice, denied the right to education and economic independence, deprived of custody of their children, whom are also affected by prejudice and discrimination.

Similarly, colonial laws still in force in eleven English-speaking Caribbean countries criminalizing cross-dressing, buggery, gross indecency, acts against the order of nature allow for violence, harassment, intimidation, brutality and other human rights violations by state and non-state actors. Examples include home invasions, expulsions from homes, communities, and school.

Also, transsexual, transgender, travesti and intersex persons are deprived of legal recognition of their gender identity, obliged to “normalize” their bodies, even through forced sterilization and mutilations, which may occur in early childhood. Their rights to health, housing, work, and education are thus jeopardized, as is their full enjoyment of citizenship.

Therefore, we demand:

That member states of the English-speaking Caribbean repeal all legislation criminalizing relationships between same-sex consenting adults which limit the free development of their personalities;
That all member states introduce legislation to protect, guarantee and promote equality of individuals regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression;
That all member states revise their domestic violence legislation to include violence experienced by lesbian, transgender and transsexual women within their own families;
That member states reform educational policies starting from primary school, in an effort to combat violence caused by gender stereotypes, which particularly affect transsexual, transgender, travesti and intersex individuals;
That the General Assembly approves the draft Resolution AG/doc. 5091/10 “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” presented by the Brazilian Delegation, whose initiative we fully endorse;
That the General Assembly approves the draft Resolution AG/doc. 5097/10 “Draft Inter-American Convention against Racism and all Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance” and that Member States finalize the negotiation of the draft accepting the progress achieved during the past years.

We call attention to the omission and inaction of states in guaranteeing our physical, psychological, sexual and reproductive integrity, our legal security and access to justice. States owe a debt to our communities: end impunity now!

Lima, Peru
June 6, 2010

AG/RES. 2600 (XL-O/10)


(Adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 8, 2010)


TAKING INTO ACCOUNT resolutions AG/RES. 2435 (XXXVIII-O/08) and AG/RES. 2504 (XXXIX-O/09), “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity”;


That the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in that instrument, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status; and

That the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man establishes that every human being has the right to life, liberty, and the security of the person;

CONSIDERING that the Charter of the Organization of American States proclaims that the historic mission of America is to offer to man a land of liberty and a favorable environment for the development of his personality and the realization of his just aspirations;

REAFFIRMING the principles of universality, indivisibility, and interdependence of human rights;

TAKING NOTE of the Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, presented to the United Nations General Assembly on December 18, 2008; and

NOTING WITH CONCERN the acts of violence and related human rights violations as well as discrimination practiced against persons because of their sexual orientation and gender identity,


1. To condemn acts of violence and human rights violations committed against persons because of their sexual orientation and gender identity; and to urge states to investigate these acts and violations and to ensure that their perpetrators are brought to justice.

2. To encourage states to take all necessary measures to ensure that acts of violence and related human rights violations are not committed against persons because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and to ensure that the victims are given access to justice on an equal footing with other persons.

3.To encourage member states to consider ways to combat discrimination against persons because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

4.To urge states to ensure adequate protection for human rights defenders who work on issues related to acts of violence, discrimination, and human rights violations committed against persons because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

5.To request the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to continue to pay due attention to this issue and to consider the possibility of conducting a thematic study of it at the hemispheric level.

6.To instruct the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs to include on its agenda, before the forty-first regular session of the General Assembly, the topic of “Human rights, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”

7.To request the Permanent Council to report to the General Assembly at its forty-first regular session on the implementation of this resolution. Execution of its activities shall be subject to the financial resources available in the program-budget of the Organization and other resources.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Tributes shared on the SASOD yahoo group..
Photo shared by Nazim Hussain

"We cant take her place but we can continue her work...

May her work and her life be an example to us all.
RIP Dusilley...
You and your work have made a mark


"Dusilley was very supportive of SASOD and our work, even serving as referee for our projects before she became seriously ill. In those days, Dusilley took the lead as the focal point for CVC member organisations in Guyana and served well. On behalf of SASOD, I extend condolencses to Dusilley's family and friends. May her soul rest in peace.



"I met her a few times at regional meetings. She was full of spirit when we talked.

May she rest in peace.

Caleb Orozco'

"I really liked Dusilley, we always connected when we met
I have missed seeing her these past few years
Well I for one believe she is a much better place
warm regards