Monday, September 17, 2018

Award-Winning African Film “Tchindas” at ‘Spectrum 14’ Film Festival Next Week

Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD Guyana) continues its “Painting the Spectrum 14” Film Festival with two screenings that explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) rights, culture and history. Advocacy for rights through music, vlogs, carnival costumes, recounting histories of violent oppression or (quite literally) “messing around” with cardboard politicians, the films scheduled for the third week of Spectrum 14 celebrate queer culture and show that, whether willingly or not, being part of the LGBTQ+ community can immediately become political.



On Tuesday, September 18, at 18:00 hours, SASOD will be presenting “Tchindas”, a co-production between Cape Verde and Spain. The movie focuses on Tchinda, one of most beloved women in Cape Verde, especially after she came out as a transgender person in the local newspaper in 1998. Every February, the month leading up to the Carnival, the slow-paced atmosphere of the island transforms into a frenzied hustle and bustle as thousands flock to the streets. Tchinda and other LGBT Cape Verdeans are, of course, part of the celebration. This documentary is as trip to an unknown side of Africa that very few may have ever imagined. The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, writing it was "a beautifully shot vérité chronicle of the all-consuming Carnival preparations on São Vicente." Since its international premiere 'Tchindas received several awards at festivals such as the Outfest, the Chicago Reeling LGBT Film Festival, Miradas Doc, and Les Gai Cine Mad.




On Thursday, September 20, the Festival continues with a screening of six shorts. A transgender vlogger in Spain; a gay man deported during Italy’s fascist regime; a queer and feminist Hip Hop artist in Germany- they all come together to show the many layers of queer culture and the many ways LGBT communities can resist oppression and advocate for their human rights.



“Painting the Spectrum” will continue every Tuesday and Thursday of September. The screenings take place at SASOD’s office, 203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens (between Durubana Sq. and Eastern Highway) at 18:00 hours each evening. For more information on the screenings, visit the festival’s website: www.spectrumguyana.wordpress.com

Admission to the film festival is free. The films are intended for mature audiences. SASOD reserves the right to refuse admission to minors who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian or persons who do not have identification to prove that they are not minors.



The Festival aims to both offer a safe space for the LGBTQ+ Guyanese to interact and communicate, and to educate the general public by presenting queer-themed films, which are almost never screened in mainstream cinemas in Guyana. SASOD is a local and international award-winning, 15-year old, human rights movement and organization, leading change, educating and serving communities, to end discrimination based on sexuality and gender in Guyana.


Trinidad and Tobago’s “Play the Devil” Set to Screen at Spectrum 14 Next Week


Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD Guayna) 2018 film festival, “Painting the Spectrum 14,” continues with two screenings that explore LGBT love, break-ups, challenges and sexual exploration.

On Tuesday, September 11, Spectrum 14 presents “Play the Devil”, a gay-themed film produced and set in Trinidad and Tobago, aiming to show the diversity of love stories and sexualities in the Caribbean. In “Play the Devil”, set against the backdrop of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival, a gifted and struggling young man becomes the object of intrigue for an older, well-meaning businessman until their worlds collide. The film is the winner of the Jury Award at the KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival, winner of the Best Female Director award at the Woodstock film festival and the winner of the Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Nashville Film Festival.




On Thursday, September 13, the festival continues with a screening of eleven shorts on themes such as an amusing discussion about sex between a mother and a gay son; the separation of a lesbian couple from South Africa; the religious opposition that gay parents face; spontaneous encounters between future (or past) lovers. The films come from all over the world- Thailand, Russia, Poland, Iran, Canada, showing the many ways in which LGBTQ+ people can express their love and their desires.

“Painting the Spectrum” will continue every Tuesday and Thursday of September with our upcoming themes being. The screenings take place at SASOD’s office, 203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens (between Durubana Sq. and Eastern Highway) at 18;00 hours each evening. For more information on the screenings, visit the festival’s website: https://spectrumguyana.wordpress.com/.

Admission to the film festival is free. The films are intended for mature audiences. SASOD reserves the right to refuse admission to minors who are not accompanied by a parent or guardian or persons who do not have identification to prove that they are not minors.

The film festival aims to both offer a safe space for the LGBTQ+ Guyanese to interact and communicate, and to educate the general public by presenting queer-themed films, which are almost never screened in mainstream cinemas in Guyana. The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is an international and local award-winning, 15-year old, human rights movement and organization, leading change, educating and serving communities, to end discrimination based on sexuality and gender in Guyana.


Tuesday, September 04, 2018

‘Spectrum 14’ Opens with “SASOD is 15!” Short Film


This year, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination’s (SASOD Guyana) film festival, “Painting the Spectrum”, has reached its 14th edition! Featuring over 40 films from all over the world, the festival takes place every Tuesday and Thursday of the month of September from 18:00 hours at SASOD’s office, located at 203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens, Georgetown. The Festival not only portrays a diversity of experiences from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, but also features different genres of films, from comedies to experimental shorts, drama and completely-new documentaries.

The first week’s theme “What is Gender, Anyway?” focuses on gender norms, expectations and persons of transgender experience, answering commonly asked questions and creating space for positive discussion and analyses. The festival officially opens on Tuesday, September 4, with the screening of a short documentary titled “SASOD is 15!” and a panel discussion featuring diverse stakeholders who will reflect on SASOD’s journey as a Guyanese movement.

Following the panel, on Tuesday, the feature film “Bixa Travesty” will open the festival. “Bixa Travesty” is a documentary that follows Mc Linn Da Quebrada, a black trans woman, performer and activist living in impoverished São Paulo. Her electrifying performances brazenly take on Brazil's machismo. The film is one of the most acclaimed recent LGBT movies and was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2018. It also won the Best Documentary award at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival.

On Thursday, September 6, the festival continues with a screening of ten shorts on themes such as being non-binary (not conforming to being either being male or female), and the rejection transgender people sometimes face from their families and friends. These shorts come from ten different countries around the world, including Spain, Iran, India, the Netherlands and Brazil.

“Painting the Spectrum 14” will continue every Tuesday and Thursday of September, with themes such as: “Love, Sex and Everything in Between”, “Our Rights, Our Culture, Our History” and “Let’s Experiment.” For the full programme and more information on the screenings, visit the festival’s website: https://spectrumguyana.wordpress.com/. 

Admission to the film festival is free. The films are intended for mature audiences. Persons must be eighteen years and over to attend. SASOD reserves the right to refuse admission to persons who do not have identification to prove that they are not minors.

The film festival aims to both offer a safe space for the LGBTQ+ Guyanese to interact and communicate, and to educate the general public by presenting queer-themed films, which are almost never screened in mainstream cinemas in Guyana.

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is an international award-winning, 15-year old, human rights movement and organization, leading change, educating and serving communities, to end discrimination based on sexuality and gender in Guyana.

  
Feature Documentary for the Opening Night of "Painting the Spectrum 14", "SASOD is 15!"


Feature Film for the Opening Night of “Painting the Spectrum 14", "Bixa Travesty"



Monday, August 20, 2018

PAINTING THE SPECTRUM 13 - SASOD's LGBT Film Festival 2017

PAINTING THE SPECTRUM 13

 SASOD's LGBT Film Festival 2017

SCHEDULE

November 02, 2017
And Still We Rise

Genre: Documentary
Directors: Richard Lusimbo & Nancy Nicol
Editors: Junic Wambya & Nancy Nicol
Music by: Nkyooyo Brian and T.U.K (Talented Ugandan Kuchus)
Length: 70 Min


And Still We Rise is a touching documentary film on resistance to the Anti-Homosexual Act (AHA) in Uganda, which explores the courage and tenacity of Ugandan LGBT activists, as they fought against the anti-gay bill in their country and demanded a voice. Despite they feared for their lives, they still managed to stood up for what they believed and even organized a Pride Parade.
 The story weaves together an analysis of the AHA with personal accounts of widespread repression following passage of the Act: media hate, clinic closures, arrests, human rights violations and mob violence - including the impact on the filmmakers / activists, themselves.



November 07, 2017

Noah's Arc

Genre: Romantic comedy-Drama
Released: October 24th, 2008
Producer & Director: Patrik-Ian Polk  
Length : 1hr 41min

As Noah and Wade prepare to marry in Martha's Vineyard, the personal problems of their friends - and the unexpected arrival of rapper Baby Gat - threatens to permanently end their relationship.


November 9, 2017
Blue is the warmest color

Director: Abdelatif Kechiche
Released: 2013
Genre: Drama
Length 179 min
The film tells the story of Adèle, a 15 year old girl who has no doubt that a boy should always go out with a girl, but when one night she meets Emma, ​​a young girl with blue hair, her feelings and sexual identity will become confused and subjected to a judgment of values ​​by her family and friends. The film shows us all the girl's personal growth, the change in her way of seeing the world and the way in which others look at her and discover her. 
  








November 14, 2017
Children of God (2010)

Length: 1hr 44min
Genre: Drama                                                         
Director: Kareem Mortimer (as Kareem J. Mortimer) 
Writer: Kareem Mortimer (as Kareem J. Mortimer)

The story of two young Bahamian men who fall in love with each other. The film portrays the homophobia of the Bahamian society which resonates in the Caribbean. 







November 16, 2017
La Sade's Voice

Produced by: SASOD Guyana
Published on Aug 21, 2014
Genre: Documentary  


Transgender Guyanese woman, Sade Richardson shares her story about discrimination and injustice in this short documentary. She was denied many jobs because of who she is and was verbally and physically assaulted for expressing herself. Sade's Story is one about rising above discrimination and living as your true self.



Selina’s Voice

Produced by: SASOD Guyana
Published on Aug 21, 2014       
Genre: Documentary
             
In this short documentary film, Selina recounts a violent transphobic attack she experienced as an outreach worker at a local 'hot spot'. She suffered multiple stab wounds but survived to share her story with others. Since the near-death attack, she has become a strong advocate for equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Guyana. 



Thinslice, Embracing the past and Moving Forward

Produced by: SASOD Guyana
Published on: Jul 20, 2015
Genre: Documentary


Romario Lovell, known as Thin Slice, recounts her rocky relationship with Samuel Bristol and events leading up to him murdering her two transgender friends, Tyra (Carlyle Sinclair) and Jada (Jason John), and then committing suicide on July 20, 2014, in Georgetown, Guyana.










November 21, 2017
The Way He Looks

Length: 96 min
Genre: Drama Romance
Written and Director: Daniel Ribeiro
Released: March 7, 2015 
     

The movie is about a teenager named Leonardo. He is blind and live with an overprotective mother. He always wants to have a more independent life and plans to go abroad. One day, Gabriel - a new student - arrives at their classroom and makes Leonardo’s world changing completely.





November 23, 2017
Painting the Spectrum 

Produced by: SASOD Guyana
Genre: Documentary
Director Kojo Mc. Pherson

A commemorative documentary celebrating SASOD's annual film festival - Painting the Spectrum. 




November 28, 2017
Kinky Boots


Written By: Tim Firth
Director: Julian Jarrold
Length: 106 min
Year released: 2005
Genre: Comedy, Drama


Charlie Price faces the impending shut down of the Northampton shoe factory that his family has owned and operated for generations. Just when he feels that all is lost, he has a chance encounter with Lola, a flamboyant transvestite cabaret star. Lola's desire for stylish, kinky boots for herself and her colleagues provides a glimmer of hope for the factory and its employees.