Documentary

  • Many Loves, One Heart

    18 mins Jamaica
    Language: English
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    Synopsis

    Many Loves, One Heart tells the story of the nascent LGBTQ movement in Jamaica by highlighting courageous members of the community and their allies, who have committed their lives to the Jamaican struggle for LGBTQ rights. Jamaica has frequently been cited for egregious homophobic violence by international press and human rights organizations.

    Challenging this often one-sided depiction, Many Loves, One Heart presents brave Jamaicans who are seeking to transform their island into a space of inclusivity where they can love freely. The documentary includes Spice, a gay, homeless youth with dreams; Mo, one of the first openly trans individuals in the Jamaica police force, who hopes one day to marry his partner; Dane, the Executive Director of J-FLAG, the leading LGBTQ human rights organization in Jamaica; and Father Sean Major-Campbell, who broke with much of the religious establishment to preach love, inclusion and allyship with conviction and courage.

    Scenes of Jamaica’s second ever PRIDE week depict the safe spaces carved out by the movement’s proponents, interspersed with provocative commentary by scholars and activists linking the movement for LGBTQ rights to the fight for emancipation from slavery. 

    Many Loves, One Heart shares this homegrown Jamaican movement, celebrates their emerging victories and is an important resource for building global awareness of transnational human rights.  

    Director: Sarah Feinbloom
  • Quiet Heroes

    68 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    In Salt Lake City, Utah, the religious monoculture severely complicated the AIDS crisis, where patients received no support from — or were cast into exile by — the political, religious, and medical communities. Further, Mormon culture encouraged gay men to marry women and have a family to cure themselves of their “affliction,” counsel which led to secret affairs and accidental marital transmissions of HIV. In the entire state and intermountain region there was only one doctor to serve all HIV/AIDS patients. This is the story of her fight to save the lives of a maligned population everyone else seemed willing to just let die.

    Director: Jenny Mackenzie, Jared Ruga, Amanda Stoddard
    Cast: Kristen Ries, Maggie Snyder, Beverly Stoddard
  • Our Dance of Revolution

    PG Canada
    Language: English Subtitles: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    "We are people of revolution. We’re here because others have rebelled. Because others have stood in solid resistance!" Listening to Angela, a Black lesbian feminist who is rousing a crowd, we understand that, no, this particular revolution wasn’t televised.  Rather, from out of the shadows, it was hugged, chanted, marched, and danced into existence. Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community. 

    Capturing first-person accounts across a span of four decades, this feature-length documentary is more than a previously untold oral history, more than a reclamation of unsung people and events.  Our Dance of Revolution is a human-scale reckoning of how audacious individuals find themselves by finding others, and how they muster the courage, tenacity, and creativity to prevail against the forces of marginalization.

    Director: Phillip Pike
  • Love, Scott

    76 mins 14+ Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
    Gay
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    Synopsis

    How do you find meaning, hope and love after becoming victim to a crime that forever changes the course of your life? Laura Marie Wayne's directorial debut, Love, Scott poetically explores this question and more.

    Love, Scott follows the life of Wayne's friend, openly gay musician Scott Jones,three years after he was the victim of an attack outside of a club in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Now paralyzed from the waist down, Jones's curiosity, charm and sense of humour remain intact, as do the family and community that surround him. While this documentary addresses small-town homophobia and the failings of the justice system (the assailant was never charged with a hate crime), Jones's incredible resilience is very much the heart of the film.

    Using old family photos and moving music that includes a soundtrack by Sigur Rós, Wayne creates a tender tribute not only to her dear friend, but to the human spirit.

    Director: Laura Marie Wayne
  • Man Made

    93 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Man Made takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film's director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world (held in Atlanta, GA). Man Made is a character-driven, intimate, and riveting verité-style competition film, but also a unique social justice narrative. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.

    The strength on display in Man Made transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin, confronting an alternate history for himself; Kennie admits to himself and his loved ones who he is for the first time in his life; and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works daily to be the man he's always wanted to be—on both the inside and out. We follow these subjects' emotional and physical journeys as they navigate lives as the men they are, despite very real risks inherent in the current social and political climate. For the men of Man Made , it's not about winning—it's about being seen.

    Director: T Cooper
    Cast: Rese, Dominic, Mason, Tommy, Kennie, Shawn
  • Dykes, Camera, Action!

    58 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Documentary
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    Synopsis

    Lesbians didn’t always get to see themselves on screen. But between Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s, they built visibility, and transformed the social imagination about queerness. Filmmakers Barbara Hammer, Su Friedrich, Rose Troche, Cheryl Dunye, Yoruba Richen, Desiree Akhavan, Vicky Du, film critic B. Ruby Rich, Jenni Olson, and others share moving and often hilarious stories from their lives and discuss how they’ve expressed queer identity through film.

    “Visually simple as this is, with a mixture of talking heads and film clips, it’s an impressive potted history of an important movement in cinema with an equally impressive list of contributors. It’s a must for film students, and casual film fans who haven’t given the subject much thought before are likely to find that it opens their eyes to new ways of looking at the cinema they know and love.” – Jennie Kermode, EyeforFilm

    Director: Caroline Berler
    Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Cheryl Dunye, Su Friedrich
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