Painting the Spectrum 12, SASOD’s annual film festival presents films from Africa and Europe next week, when it continues at the Dutch Bottle Café on North Road.
On Tuesday, June 7, Born This Way, a LGBT documentary from Cameroon is scheduled to be shown. The film, which is 85 minutes long, “steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa. 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 global fight for equality,” a description of the film says. It notes that there are more arrests for homosexuality in Cameroon than any other country in the world and the film gives intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians.
Ma vie en rose (My Life in Pink) is scheduled for Thursday, June 9. The 88-minute film described as a Trans/Comedy/Drama is set in France.
It tells the story of Ludovic, a 7-year-old boy who likes to dress in girl’s clothes, because he is convinced he is a girl. In the film, Ludovic’s parents have just moved to a suburb of Paris, next door to his father’s boss. A barbecue is planned to welcome the newcomers, and it’s at this party that Ludovic makes his dramatic entrance, dressed in pink. “Ma Vie en Rose offers gentle fantasy, and a little hard reality, about Ludovic’s predicament. He is convinced he is a girl, knows some sort of mistake was made, and is serenely intent on correcting it,” the description says.
The festival opened on Thursday last with a Chilean night under the auspices of Chile’s Ambassador to Guyana Claudio Rojas Rachel. In addition to screening Chilean drama My Last Round, the evening featured Chilean wine along with empanada and other snacks from Chile.
The festival, which offers films twice a week, will run until June 30.
Show time is 6 o’clock each night.
There is no charge for admission, but all films are intended for mature audiences. Persons must be 18 years and over to attend and SASOD reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not have identification.