Tag Archives: LGBT

September 10

TIFF 2017: Soldiers. A Story from Ferentari

Ferentari is an impoverished ghetto of Bucharest. Adi, an anthropology student, moves there to work on his thesis on manele pop music. He soaks up the local culture at a seedy bar where he meets a guide, Alberto. Alberto is a colourful character, a gregarious man with a gambling addiction and 14 years of prison […]

September 09

TIFF 2017: Pre-Drink

We first meet Alexe, a trans woman, as she is admiring her new body in the mirror. She looks good and she knows it, but is also seeming a little nervous about her first post-op outing with her friends. Carl, her gay best friend, comes over for moral support and a few pre-drink drinks. Marc-Antoine […]

May 24

Inside Out 2017: Signature Move

Zaynab is a Pakistani-American immigration lawyer who is: a) learning wrestling moves from a former pro wrestler who went by the name Jolt; and b) keeping a new relationship with Alma secret from her conservative Muslim mother who doesn’t know she’s gay. “Mothers and daughters aren’t friends in our culture,” Zaynab tells Alma. “That’s a […]

May 23

Inside Out 2017: Free Cece

On one horrific night in June 2011, Cece McDonald was violently attacked while walking with her friends. Attempting to defend herself, Cece, a transgendered woman, accidentally stabbed one of her attackers. Her incarceration sparked an international outcry as it once again highlighted the injustice that the transgender community endure when it comes to the criminal […]

May 23

Inside Out 2017: Sebastian

James Fanizza writes, directs and stars in Sebastian but does not in fact play him. He plays Alex, the guy who meets Sebastian (Alex House) and initiates a fling – this despite that he has a boyfriend, a boyfriend who just happens to be Sebastian’s cousin. They both agree to feel bad about what they’re […]

May 23

Inside Out 2017: Handsome Devil

Writer-director John Butler’s Handsome Devil favorably compares to other boarding school coming-of-age dramas like School Ties and Dead Poet’s Society. Butler’s film packs more irreverence than those films, and has a kind of tongue-in-cheek sensibility, but a lot of the elements are the same. Much of the drama is focuses on a pair of roommates, […]

June 04

Inside Out 2016: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

In the northeastern Canadian territory of Nunavut, homosexuality is a contentious subject. In fact, Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things essentially goes right down the list of homosexual persecution that we have seen, and continue to see, throughout the world. LGBTQ people in Nunavut either keep their sexual orientation secret, leave, or commit suicide. The […]

June 03

Inside Out 2016: Girls Lost

After drinking from a mysterious (and apparently magical) plant, three bullied adolescent girls are transformed into boys. First let me address my-and possibly your-initial concern. Writer-director Alexandra-Therese Keining thankfully has no interest in broad comedy and doesn’t waste even a moment of precious screen time with it. No dick jokes or double entendres here. Keining […]

June 02

Inside Out 2016: I Promise You Anarchy (Te Prometo Anarquia)

I Promise You Anarchy (Te Prometo Anarquia) meanders through the seamy underbelly of Mexico City with the feel of a modern crime drama coupled with gay romance and skateboarding. Miguel (Diego Calva Hernández), the main protagonist, wears a necklace looped through plastic vampire teeth which signifies both his exploitative nature and uncontrollable hunger for sex. […]

June 01

Inside Out 2016: I Love You Both

Krystal and Donny are super twins and super friends. They live together, they hang out together, and they even date the same guy. Wait – what? Only in 2016? Even in 2016? Somehow they’ve met this supercool dude named Andy (Lucas Neff), and he’s everything either of them could hope for. He’s interesting and charming. […]

May 31

Inside Out 2016: Hurricane Bianca

Continuing the long cinematic tradition of men dressing in drag to better advance their personal situation, Hurricane Bianca travels down a very familiar path. All the tropes of one would expect from this type of film are on display, right down to the seemingly straight man who is inexplicably unable to see that the woman […]

May 30

Inside Out 2016: Strike A Pose

In 1990, an ad went out for FIERCE male dancers; 7 men were picked from obscurity and within months were surfing the zenith of fame alongside Madonna in her Blonde Ambition tour and Truth or Dare documentary. All but one were gay, and Madonna, having recently lost friends to AIDS, was outspoken about gay rights […]

May 29

Inside Out 2016: Jonathan

This German film by writer-director Piotr Lewandowski is beautifully shot with lush cinematography; you won’t believe it’s his first feature. The theme is surprisingly mature as well. Jonathan (Jannis Niewöhner) is stuck at home working on the farm and caring for his dying father (André Hennicke). The relationship is strained. There are whiffs of resentment. […]

May 28

Inside Out 2016: Uncle Howard

Howard Brookner never got the chance to see his first big budget film shine on the big screen. After having two documentaries under his belt, including the award-winning documentary about William Burroughs entitled Burroughs: The Movie, Howard was working with the likes of Matt Dillion and Madonna before he died of AIDS in 1989. Though […]

May 27

Inside Out 2016: The Nest (O Ninho)

Bruno (Nicolas Vargas), still wearing his military uniform when checking in at a Porto Alegre inn, comes across as a typically polite soldier at first. We soon see that the seemingly disciplined and obedient young man is preoccupied though; and that his mission in this city in the south of Brazil is personal. While searching […]

May 26

Inside Out 2016: Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

In the last half of the 1990s, San Antonio held a modern-day Witch Trial of four lesbian women. Friends Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera, often referred to as, “The San Antonio Four” found themselves accused of gang-raping Vasquez’s two young nieces. Southwest of Salem uses home video, local news footage, and […]

May 25

Inside Out 2016: Suicide Kale

Moral dilemma: one couple hosts another for a pleasant, mostly-vegan dinner party, and a little light snooping on the part of the guests turns up a suicide note. What to do, what to do? Obviously the visitors, Penn (Lindsay Hicks) and Jasmine (Brittani Nichols), themselves a newish couple, are concerned for their friends, who up […]

May 24

Inside Out 2016: The Same Difference

In her eye-opening debut film, Nneka Onuorah examines a form of prejudice that is rarely discussed in mainstream media. While it is common to think of homophobia as simply a straight versus gay issue, The Same Difference shows that discrimination can also be found within the African-American lesbian community. Exploring four of the unwritten rules, […]

April 28

Hot Docs 2016: The Pearl of Africa

In an age when the sight of celebrities such as Lavern Cox and Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of mainstream magazines signaled a huge step forward for the transgendered community, the path towards acceptance is sadly still as rocky as it ever was. Recent laws passed in Mississippi and North Carolina serve as stark reminders […]

April 19

10 Sizzling Films to Watch at Hot Docs 2016

Despite what the weather networks may say, spring does not officially start for us until Hot Docs opens its doors. Running from April 28 to May 8, Hot Docs, the largest documentary film festival in the world, has a strong tradition of showcasing some of the most though-provoking, entertaining, and often groundbreaking non-fiction films to […]