- proceeds go towards SASOD’s LGBT Emergency Shelter & Community Centre Fund
Next week, “Painting the Spectrum 12” continues with two compelling films – from Sweden and the United States of America – exposing unequivocal love and the everyday endeavours for self – acceptance faced by LGBT persons.
The week’s screenings being on Tuesday, June 14 with “Kiss Me” – a film that portrays the ecstasy of true undeniable lesbian love entwined with the angst of coming out. It tells the story of Mia, a thirty-something well-to-do architect who finds her life turned upside down when she unexpectedly falls in love with the free-spirited Frida. The two women meet at an engagement party in the country — Frida’s mother is about to marry Mia’s father — and discover an instant attraction that immediately calls into question Mia’s engagement to her long-time boyfriend Tim. “Kiss Me” is notable for its sumptuous and sensual love scenes featuring exceptional performances from a stellar cast. This deeply romantic and passionate drama has earned universal acclaim from fans and critics around the world and has already established itself as one of the most beloved lesbian films of the decade.
Then on Thursday, June 16, Spectrum 12 will screen “Blackbird”, a film telling the struggle for self-acceptance of seventeen-year-old Randy, a boy who tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he’s the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a secret inner struggle and denial of his true self. It’s not until he opens himself up to love that he discovers that becoming a man means accepting who you really are.
Painting the Spectrum 12 continues every Tuesday and Thursday in June commencing at 6 pm in the evenings at the Dutch Bottle Café, located at 10 North Road, Bourda in Georgetown. The film festival offers free, onsite HIV counseling and testing, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Advancing Partnerships and Communities (APC) Project, will also be available every night.
According to Schemel Patrick, the Advocacy and Communication Officer of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), there is no charge for admission to attend the film festival. Drinks and snacks will be on sale. All proceeds go towards SASOD’s LGBT Emergency Shelter & Community Centre Fund. The films are intended for mature audiences. Person must be 18 years and over to attend. SASOD reserves the right to refuse admission to persons who do not have identification to prove they are not minors.