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Abu: Father

Film Review – Abu: Father at BFI London Film Festival

Less a documentary and more an unflinchingly personal essay, director Arshad Khan’s Abu: Father is moving and harrowing in equal measure. Utilising home video footage he has amassed since his childhood in Pakistan in the seventies, as well as scenes from the pop culture that played a pivotal role throughout the important stages of his life, Khan’s film deals with his lifelong struggle with his own sexuality and his relationship with his religiously conservative family.

No Dress Code Required

Essential Opinion: No Dress Code Required (Etiqueta no rigurosa)

After meeting in the early 2000’s and living a happy life together since then, the couple decided to finally tie the knot in 2013. The supreme court of Mexico had declared same sex marriage a constitutional right, so they planned to finally go ahead and get married – unfortunately, they lived in the state of Mexicali, which did not subscribe to the court’s ruling, objecting to their marriage on religious grounds.

Boys for Sale

Boys For Sale (売買ボーイズ), Gay Essential Talks To Ian Thomas Ash

Boys for Sale (売買ボーイズ) interviews several current and past sex workers about how they got into the sex industry, why they chose this work, their experiences as such and their life plans for once they move on from it – or, if they’re no longer working as such, what they’ve done since. The reasons are surprising and the stories are compelling – though at times, some are also bit sad and others even heartbreaking.

The Fabulous Allan Carr

Film Review: The Fabulous Allan Carr at Outfest

Allan Carr was an outspoken, flamboyant personality who remained constantly in vocal opposition to the kinds of films Hollywood was making during the seventies – something he fought back against by producing Grease, the highest grossing musical of all time and a zeitgeist capturing sensation to this very day.

Rebels on Pointe

Film Review: Rebels on Pointe at Outfest

Documentarian Bobbi Jo Hart’s new film Rebels on Pointe follows Les Ballets Trockadero on a world tour, discovering their worldwide fanbases and the artists behind the make-up. Despite being set in a drag inspired world, this feels as removed from the bitchiness associated with that culture as possible, as we find genuine warmth and affection between all group members.

The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson

Film Review: The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson at East End Film Festival

The LGBT history and the fight for equality is sadly filled with hatred, animosity and prejudice from the outside world, as well as a whole host of seemingly insurmountable obstacles – but how many of us know of the bad blood and bitterness that went on inside the gay rights movement between actual queer folks and transgender people? The Death And Life Of Marsha P. Johnson offers a unique perspective on liberation for gender nonconforming individuals and is an imperative documentary for anyone looking to fully understand the origins and evolution of the LGBT movement.

One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane

Gay Essential Documentaries To Watch, One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane)

This documentale One Zero One: The Story of Cybersissy & BayBjane (One Zero One – Die Geschichte von Cybersissy & BayBjane) follows the story of a cabaret performer and a disabled drag queen. Released in 2013, the 90-minute project was written and directed by Tim Lienhard and features Antoine Timmermans and Mourad Zerhouni. The film also features David Pereira, Gregory Rack, Joep and Hans Timmermans.

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