Posted on Fri 04 Nov by AlexK / scruff, bullying, homophobia, LGBT rights
At this year’s festival we pay tribute to one of the major tragedies this year - June’s shocking attack on one of our safe spaces in Orlando - by telling both fictional and factual global stories of LGBT rights, fighting homophobia and resilience in the face of bullying in our strand Overcome. These diverse accounts feature Check It, a revolutionary queer street gang in Washington DC; a father seeking justice for his gay son in Chile to prove You’ll Never Be Alone; and a young Cuban hairdresser rekindles the relationship with his estranged, homophobic father while finding himself through the power of drag in our opening film Viva.
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Viva - Tuesday 15 November - Rio Cinema
Dir Paddy Breathnach / Ireland 2015 / 100 min
Viva is a moving drama that packs an emotional punch with its portrayal of families, from those we adopt to those we are born into while illustrating the every day struggles of ordinary Cubans and the transformative power of drag.
Check It - Thursday 17 November - The Institute of Light
Dir-Prod Dana Flor & Toby Oppenheimer / USA 2016 / 91min
In this spirited and raw documentary, Washington D.C street gang Check It (claimed as the only documented queer gang in the world) are thrown onto the world stage as they struggle to survive and claw their way out of gang life through an unlikely avenue: fashion.
You’ll Never Be Alone - Sunday 20 November - Rio Cinema
Dance student Pablo lives with his father Juan, a manager at a mannequin factory, in their drab, homophobic suburb of Santiago. He has a secret affair with a member of the neighbourhood's street gang and dreams of starring in his favourite reality TV show with his best friend Mari, while his father struggles to become partner in the company he worked at for the last 25 years. One night, Juan and Pablo's lives change forever, and for the first time, Juan faces the harsh reality his son experiences on a daily basis.
Alex Anwandter’s stunning debut is based on true events which led the Chilean government to enact the country’s first anti-discrimination laws.
Utopians - Saturday 19 November - Rio Cinema
Dir Scud / Hong Kong 2015 / 87min
A Little Lust - Wednesday 16 November - Genesis Cinema
Dir. Veronica Pivetti / Italy / 2015 / 104min
16 year old Rocco's two aims in life are to get laid and to see his favourite pop star in concert with his best friends, sassy and tomboyish Maria and nerdy and quiet Mauri. When a bullying incident at school forces Rocco to come out to his divorced middle-class parents their liberal leanings are severely tested. Luckily his two friends stand by him and join him in running away from home (in his parents stolen car) to see their favourite singer in concert, followed hot on their heels by his neurotic mother and eccentric gran to hilarious effect.
Presented in partnership with CinemaItaliaUK