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Until Porn Do Us Part

Gay Essential Review: Until Porn Do Us Part (Até Que o Porno Nos Separe) at Merlinka Festival

Director Jorge Pelicano takes a look at the relationship between a mother and her son who are at odds over his profession as a pornstar in Until Porn Do Us Part (Até Que o Porno Nos Separe) which focuses on the way in which a family can become strained and look to rekindle the love for each other.

Gay Chorus Deep South

Gay Essential Review: Gay Chorus Deep South at Merlinka Festival

Gay Chorus Deep South is one of the most timely feeling documentaries in recent years. They as a group are attempting many would consider life threatening and dangerous but they do so with smiling faces and hope in their hearts. The struggle between religion and queerness has always been present but with documentaries like this providing positive and enriching experiences, we can move closer towards global acceptance that can see us all come together.

The Shiny Shrimps

Gay Essential Review: The Shiny Shrimps (Les Crevettes Pailletées) at Merlinka Festival

The Shiny Shrimps fits perfectly within the canon of heart-warming sports films that are happy to not take themselves too seriously. Having it’s premiere at the Merlinka Festival this December, this film is sure to prove to be popular among audiences while helping to promote acceptance in sports. Water polo has never looked so fun.

Cousins

Gay Essential Opinion: Cousins (Primos)

When it comes to growing up in a religious environment, discovering your own sexuality can be a bit of a struggle, as nature battles against nurture. While your feelings are telling you one thing, the lessons that have been drilled into you since you could read say the opposite. This conflict only grows stronger when introducing a potential love interest who seems to understand you better than you know yourself.

These Peculiar Days

Gay Essential Review: These Peculiar Days (Los Días Particulares) at Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival

Director Chucho E, Quintero explores youthful relationships by pulling the teens away from their phones and into this remote location, forcing confrontation and stresses to come to the surface. With little space to breathe and no escape from each other, the location has been used as an effective tool to explore these youthful relationships.

Analysis Paralysis

Gay Essential Opinion: Analysis Paralysis

Dealing with anxiety can be an awful experience, especially when every little action of yours brings up images of all the worse outcomes. You exit your house and get shot by an arrow. You go to your therapist and they scream in your face about how annoying you are. You try to ask out your attractive neighbour only for them to gloat of all the local housewives they have been sleeping with. This is Tyler’s everyday life as he deals with his analysis paralysis disorder.

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