Monday, Oct. 8, 7:00 p.m., Out Run (Runtime: 75 minutes). Lang Hall Auditorium.
As leader of the world’s only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation in the halls of Congress is not an easy feat. Bemz and her eclectic team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies to amass support from unlikely places. Taking their equality campaign to small-town hair salons and regional beauty pageants, the activists mobilize working-class trans hairdressers and beauty queens to join the fight against their main political opponent, a homophobic evangelical preacher, and prove to the Filipino electorate that it’s time to take the rights of LGBT people seriously. But as outsiders trying to get inside the system, will they have to compromise their political ideals in order to win? Culminating on election day, OUT RUN provides a unique look into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy, and acceptance across the globe.
Festival Screenings include:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (April 2016)
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (April 2016)
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May/June 2016)
Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 2016)
Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival (June 2016)
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:00 p.m., A Village Called Versailles (Runtime: 67 minutes). Location TBA.
In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES is the empowering story of how the Versailles people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.
Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary–New Orleans Film Festival
All screenings are free and open to the public!