Monday, May 30, 2016

Painting the Spectrum 12: SASOD’s LGBT Film Festival 2016

Painting the Spectrum 12:
SASOD’s LGBT Film Festival 2016
Movie Schedule 

Thursday, June 2 
SPONSORED BY EMBASSY OF CHILE TO GUYANA 
MY LAST ROUND – Gay / Drama
Country: Chile | Duration: 110 mins

Unfazed by the attention he receives from women, Hugo searches for something meaningful to break up the monotony of his life. The young man becomes captivated with Octavio, a middle-aged local boxing champion, who must maintain a hard and gruff image for his fans and fellow fighters. When Octavio furtively acts on the subtle flirtations Hugo throws at him, he is abruptly rejected. Hugo tries to curtail his desire, but eventually surrenders to their magnetic attraction. They enter into an intense romance that would never be accepted in their small town in southern Chile. This feature tells a heartfelt story with an assured hand, eliciting complex and naturalistic performances that capture the passionate rise and tragic fall of a couple's relationship. (www.imbd.com)

Tuesday, June 7
SASOD’S 13TH ANNIVERSARY | PANEL DISCUSSION
BORN THIS WAY – LGBT Documentary
Country: Cameroon | Duration: 85 mins

There are more arrests for homosexuality in Cameroon than any other country in the world. With intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, Born This Way steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa. Lyrical imagery, devastating homophobia, the influence of western culture and a hidden-camera courtroom drama mysteriously coalesce into a story of what is possible in the global fight for equality. (www.bornthiswaydocumentary.com
Thursday, June 9
Ma vie en rose (My Life in Pink) – Trans / Comedy, Drama
Country: France | Duration: 88 mins

Ludovic is a 7-year-old boy who likes to dress in girl's clothes, not so much because he likes the clothes as because he is convinced he is a girl. It all seems very clear. After he learns about chromosomes, he explains to his parents that instead of the female XX chromosomes he was intended to get, he received the male XY after "my other X fell in the garbage.'' Ludovic's parents have just moved to a suburb of Paris that looks for all the world like a set for "Ozzie and Harriet.'' Ominously, they live next door to his father's boss. A barbecue is planned to welcome the newcomers, and it's at this party that Ludovic makes his dramatic  entrance, dressed in pink. "Ma Vie en Rose'' offers gentle fantasy, and a little hard reality, about Ludovic's predicament. He is convinced he is a girl, knows some sort of mistake was made, and is serenely intent on correcting it. (www.rogeregbert.com




Tuesday, June 14
KISS ME – Lesbian / Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden | Duration: 105 mins

Mia, a thirty-something well-to-do architect finds her life turned upside down when she unexpectedly falls in love with the free-spirited Frida. The two women meet at an engagement party in the country — Frida’s mother is about to marry Mia’s father — and discover an instant attraction that immediately calls into question Mia’s engagement to her long-time boyfriend Tim. Notable for its sumptuous and sensual love scenes, Kiss Me deftly portrays the ecstasy of true undeniable lesbian love entwined with the angst of coming out. Beautifully written and directed, and featuring exceptional performances from a stellar cast, this deeply romantic and passionate drama has earned universal acclaim from fans and critics around the world and has already established itself as one of the most beloved lesbian films of the decade. (www.wolfevideo.com

Thursday, June 16
BLACKBIRD – Gay / Drama
Country: USA | Duration: 102 mins

Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he's the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle and denial of his true self. It's not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are. (www.blackbirdthemovie.com)









Tuesday, June 21
Launch of Short Film Challenge for Queer and Trans People of Colour   - Workshop Lead, Kojo McPherson

TRANSGENDER: BACK TO JAMAICA – Trans Documentary
Country: UK | Duration: 25 mins

Two transgender friends embark on a life changing journey to one of the most transphobic countries in the world. Steffan and Romario, both now living in the UK, travel back to Jamaica to reveal their new identities to their families. Despite the potential risks and not knowing how their relatives will react, the friends are determined to be open about who they are. (www.newsbeat.com


ANTIMAN – Gay Narrative Short Film / Drama
Country: Guyana | Duration: 20 mins

A young boy must prove his masculinity to his father while he pines for a young man in the  homophobic Guyanese countryside. Anil, an introverted young boy is pressured by his abusive father, Max, to become a skillful cricket player the way he himself was years before.  Although skilled in the game, Anil refuses to play and takes refuge is his love for Dano, an older boy in the village.




Thursday, June 23
OPEN SECRETS- DECRIMINALISATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY – LGBT Documentary
Country: Canada | Duration: 52 mins

This provocative documentary uncovers a lost chapter in Canadian military history: how the Armed Forces dealt with homosexual behaviour among soldiers, during and after World War II. More than 60 years later, a group of five veterans, barely adults when they enlisted, break the silence to talk about how homosexual behaviour "was even more unmentionable than cancer." Yet amidst the brutality of war, instances of sexual awakening among soldiers and officers were occurring. Initially, the Army overlooked it, but as the war advanced, they began to crack down: military tribunals, threats of imprisonment, discharge and public exposure. After the war, officers accused of homosexuality were discharged. Back home in Canada, reputations and careers were ruined. For the young men who had served their country with valour, this final chapter was often too much to bear. (www.nfb.ca)

Tuesday, June 28 | SPECTRUM NIGHT


Thursday, June 30
FIT – LGBT / Drama, Comedy
Country: United Kingdom | Duration: 106 mins

Produced by the campaigning group Stonewall for distribution in secondary schools, and supported by governmental bodies including the mayor of London, this film aims to tackle homophobia. The main characters are at school – though the actors mostly look a bit older than that – and they are gay, straight and bisexual. Writer-director Rikki Beadle-Blair does an interesting job of showing that, though race and class prejudice seems to be relatively dormant, ugly homophobia is alive and kicking, and "gay" is the ubiquitous term of abuse. This film started life as a very successful touring play for schools; it may well be that it works better on stage. (www.theguardian.com)


PAINTING THE SPECTRUM 

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