Painting the Spectrum : SASOD's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Published: May 27, 2009

Painting the Spectrum : SASOD’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination(SASOD) is pleased to invite you
to Painting the Spectrum 5, its fifth festival of films.

The festival opens on Monday 1 June, 2009 with a documentary about Bayard Rustin. A master strategist and tireless activist, Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement, and helped mold Martin Luther King, Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence.

Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Five years in the making and the winner of numerous awards, BROTHER OUTSIDER presents a feature-length documentary portrait, focusing on Rustin’s activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice and human rights. In the year when the United States elected the first President with African origins, Brother Outsider is a timely tribute to all the persons who contributed to the realisation of part of Martin Luther King Jr’s dream.

The Film Festival continues Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during June 2009. This year’s festival includes five documentaries, four dramas, three comedies two short films and one musical featuring perspectives on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons with stories from Australia, India, South Africa, Senegal, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Canada and the USA. SASOD is also privileged to present films from two members of the Guyanese diaspora : Dr Michelle Mohabeer and Renata Mohamed. All film screenings will be followed by opportunities for discussions with the audience as part of the objective of the festival to promote honest dialogue on sexuality and gender identity in Guyana.
Highlights of this festival include the documentary Straightlaced which looks at the problems which gender identities pose for young people and the lengths to which people go to maintain male and female identities.

This film festival has been made possible through collaborations and donations from several organisations including the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Third World Newsreel, California Newsreel, Maraia Films, Groundspark and through kind donations of individuals.
The Films are screened at Sidewalk Cafe in Middle Street,Georgetown, Guyana from 7pm each night. Admission is free. All films are intended for mature audiences. The full schedule and more information about this and previous festivals are available from http://www.sasod.org.gy/spectrum2009.

-Description of event can be found at link below-

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