Dir: Debalina Majumder (India)
In a small village in India, two young women, Swapna and Sucheta, fall in love. When faced with the prospect of Sucheta’s marriage to a man who forbids her to see Swapna, the women decide to die in each other’s arms. Director Debalina Majumber makes this heartbreaking event a starting point for her portrait of a diverse group of queer women in India who come from various backgrounds, define their sexuality in distinct ways and have diverse stories, but who share pressures and often outright rejection by their families amid the isolation of being different.
BORN THIS WAY
Dir: Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann (Cameroon/USA)
Meet Gertrude and Cédric, two young people fighting for gay rights in Cameroon where those convicted of same-sex relations face up to five years imprisonment. Fearing rejection from their families and dealing with threats of violence, Cédric and Gertrude nevertheless remain optimistic, believing that through their work they can help build a more accepting and safer Cameroon for LGBT people.
GOD LOVES UGANDA
Dir: Roger Ross Williams (USA/Uganda)
This documentary uncovers the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt to eliminate the “sin of homosexuality” through the introduction of the infamous “Kill the Gays” bill and to convert Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.
SOONGAVA: DANCE OF THE ORCHIDS
Dir: Subarna Thapa (Nepal/France)
Katmandu-born, France-based writer/director, Subarna Thapa, has made waves with his inaugural feature-length film, SOONGAVA, a tenderly told girl-meets-girl story. Diya (Deeya Maskey) is a teacher and dancer who falls for Kiran (Nisha Adhikari) just when Diya’s family have found her a suitable boy to marry. But when the women’s relationship comes to light, we see how unwilling their tightly knit families—and Nepalese society—are to accept their choice.
Dir: Selena Blake (USA)
Selena Blake’s TABOO YARDIES is a riveting documentary that smashes the façade of Jamaica’s tourist-attracting One Love sentiment by giving voice to the LGBT community who dare to speak up and speak out against the oppression and violence they face on the island. Profoundly candid, heart-wrenching interviews featuring the legendary poet/activist Stacey Ann Chin, author Thomas Glave, former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, and other members of the Jamaican community offer a deeper analysis of how the country’s general ideology against homosexuality developed and is perpetuated.
Dir: Marta Cunningham (USA)
May 23 - June 2, 2013
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Source: Touchwood PR, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival