Now in it’s 10th year, SASOD’s LGBT Film Festival, is the only film festival we know of in the Caribbean, to showcase LGBT films. Over the years, the Festival has showcased LGBT films from all over the world, including the Caribbean. This year is no different – held in Georgetown, Guyana, and running from June 1 – 29, the Festival will screen 4 Caribbean LGBT films, among films from Canada, the US, and other parts of the world.
Here is a look at the Caribbean LGBT films being featured in the Festival, this year:
Showing tonight, June 24, “Sade’s Story,” is a SASOD-produced documentary short, which chronicles the experiences of transgender Guyanese fashion designer, Sade Richardson, in her own words. She shares her story about her daily struggles with transphobic violence and discrimination in Guyana. She was denied many jobs because of who she is, a proud transgender woman. She was verbally and physically abused for expressing herself. Sade’s Story is one about rising above oppression and authentically living your dreams to the fullest.
Also being screened tonight, “The Abominable Crime,” is a documentary that explores the culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives after their sexual orientations are exposed. This is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s love for his country – and the stakes are life and death.
Showing on Thursday, June 26, “Jessica’s Story,” highlights the experiences of discrimination and violence, and the struggle for acceptance, by a Guyanese trans-woman, who eventually left for the United Kingdom because she did not feel safe in Guyana.
Also being screened on June 26, “Antiman” tells the story of a young boy must prove his masculinity to his father while he pines for a young man in the homophobic Guyanese countryside. Antiman is a film about self-discovery and masculinity. 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. In order to attend the local masquerade and see the boy he pines for, Anil must win the Cricket tournament.
The Festival will close with Spectrum Night, where stage is opened for singing, dancing, music and poetry. Everyone is encouraged to come out and showcase their talents to celebrate sexual and gender diversity.