Between receiving a standing ovation at Cannes and being banned in its home country for its positive representation of lesbian women, Rafiki has secured its place in cinema history as a brave and beautiful depiction of queer life in Kenya.
Growing up in a culture that believes “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives”, teenagers Kena and Ziki share a dream of making more for themselves. Despite a political rivalry between their families they manage to grow that shared dream into a deep friendship. However, when they can no longer ignore the fact that their relationship has blossomed into love, the two young women are forced to choose between happiness and their own safety.
Born in a nation where no constitutional protections exist for LGBT people, Rafiki is a shining example of what is possible when artists take remarkable risks.Director: Wanuri KahiuCast: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji & more
Many Loves, One Heart tells the story of the nascent LGBTQ movement in Jamaica by highlighting courageous members of the community and their allies, who have committed their lives to the Jamaican struggle for LGBTQ rights. Jamaica has frequently been cited for egregious homophobic violence by international press and human rights organizations.
Challenging this often one-sided depiction, Many Loves, One Heart presents brave Jamaicans who are seeking to transform their island into a space of inclusivity where they can love freely. The documentary includes Spice, a gay, homeless youth with dreams; Mo, one of the first openly trans individuals in the Jamaica police force, who hopes one day to marry his partner; Dane, the Executive Director of J-FLAG, the leading LGBTQ human rights organization in Jamaica; and Father Sean Major-Campbell, who broke with much of the religious establishment to preach love, inclusion and allyship with conviction and courage.
Scenes of Jamaica’s second ever PRIDE week depict the safe spaces carved out by the movement’s proponents, interspersed with provocative commentary by scholars and activists linking the movement for LGBTQ rights to the fight for emancipation from slavery.
Many Loves, One Heart shares this homegrown Jamaican movement, celebrates their emerging victories and is an important resource for building global awareness of transnational human rights.Director: Sarah Feinbloom
"We are people of revolution. We’re here because others have rebelled. Because others have stood in solid resistance!" Listening to Angela, a Black lesbian feminist who is rousing a crowd, we understand that, no, this particular revolution wasn’t televised. Rather, from out of the shadows, it was hugged, chanted, marched, and danced into existence. Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.
Capturing first-person accounts across a span of four decades, this feature-length documentary is more than a previously untold oral history, more than a reclamation of unsung people and events. Our Dance of Revolution is a human-scale reckoning of how audacious individuals find themselves by finding others, and how they muster the courage, tenacity, and creativity to prevail against the forces of marginalization.Director: Phillip Pike
Weekend296 mins CanadaLanguage: EnglishGenre: FictionAuthor/Creator
Jane Eaton Hamilton
Jane Eaton Hamilton is a Canadian short story writer, novelist, essayist and poet, who goes by "Hamilton" and uses they/their pronouns.
Hamilton has published the novel Weekend (Arsenal Pulp Press 2016), three books of poetry, Body Rain (Brick Books 1992) and Steam-Cleaning Love (Brick Books 1993), Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes (Caitlin Press, 2014), a poetry chapbook (Going Santa Fe, winner of the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Chapbook prize) and two volumes of short fiction July Nights and Other Stories, (Douglas and McIntyre, 1991) and Hunger, (Oberon, 2001). They are also the author, under the pseudonymous name of Ellen Prescott, of the memoir Mondays are Yellow, Sundays are Grey retitled No More Hurt which was included on the Guardian's Best Book of the Year list and was a Sunday Times bestseller.
They are on the Equity Task Force of The Writer’s Union of Canada. A photographer and painter, Jane’s photography has hung at Kew Gardens, UK. A queer activist, they were one of Canada’s litigants in the same-sex marriage case. They are also known for speaking out on disability rights and against violence towards women and queer people. They live near Vancouver.
Prize-winning writer Jane Eaton Hamilton's novel explores the complexities of contemporary queer love.
On her fiftieth birthday, crazy-in-love Ajax visits her mercurial lover Logan, who trails their tarnished reputation like a lapsed halo. Logan has secrets, but so does Ajax, and during their weekend getaway to Ontario's cottage country,some of these secrets will prove explosive.
In the next cottage, long-term couple Joe and Elliot are having their own challenges as the parents of a newborn baby girl. Joe isn't sure if Elliot loves her or even if Elliot wanted a baby at all. Can she make it through a weekend feeling as she does, let alone the rest of her life?
Jane Eaton Hamilton's ninth book is an intimate, sexy queer romance. Weekend is a bold and heartbreaking consideration of the true nature of love at the cusp of middle age-- about trust, negotiation, and what's worth keeping in the end.Director: Jane Eaton Hamilton