SASOD Film Festival Features Panel Discussion to Mark 13th Anniversary

After a spectacular opening “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Chilean Night” on Thursday, “Painting the Spectrum 12” continues next week with a documentary examining demoralizing homophobia encountered by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and a feature film about the identity struggles faced by transgender persons.
 
Next week’s screenings begin on Tuesday, June 7 with “Born This Way”. Captured in Cameroon, with intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, this documentary steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa. There are more arrests for same-sex intimacy in Cameroon than any other country in the world. Lyrical imagery, devastating homophobia, the influence of western culture and a hidden-camera courtroom drama mysteriously coalesce into a story of what is possible in the struggle for equality.
 
The June 7 screening of will be followed by a special panel discussion with a diverse panel of Guyanese experts and community voices examining the challenges of decriminalisation same-sex intimacy and cross-dressing in Guyana, marking SASOD’s 13th anniversary as a movement.
 
On Thursday, June 9, “My Life in Pink” will be screened. Set in France, this comedy /drama chronicles the life of Ludovic, a 7-year-old boy who likes to dress in girl's clothes, not so much because he likes the clothes as because he is convinced he is a girl. He is convinced he is a girl, knows some sort of mistake was made, and is serenely intent on correcting it.
The film festival continues every Tuesday and Thursday in June commencing at 6 pm in the evenings at the Dutch Bottle Café, located at 10 North Road, Bourda in Georgetown. Free, onsite HIV counseling and testing, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Advancing Partnerships and Communities (APC) Project, will also be available every night. There is no charge for admission to attend the film festival. Drinks and snacks will be on sale. All proceeds go towards SASOD’s LGBT Emergency Shelter & Community Centre Fund. The films are intended for mature audiences. Person must be 18 years and over to attend. SASOD reserves the right to refuse admission to persons who do not have identification to prove they are not minors.