REELING FILM FESTIVAL: UNSETTLED: SEEKING REFUGE IN AMERICA
Date(s) - 09/22/2019
1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema
Directed by Tom Shepard
Documentary Features USA Documentary, LGBT 2019 84 mins
Four LGBT refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East flee persecution in their countries of origin to seek better and safer lives in the U.S in Tom Shepard’s powerful and timely documentary. We meet Subhi (from Syria), Junior (from Congo) and Mari and Cheyenne (from Angola) who each experience different roadblocks on the way to their journey to what each hopes will at long last be freedom and ultimate acceptance. The shy and adorable Subhi finds himself touted by the queer community, accepting a GLAAD Media Award and sent out on speaking tours around the country, finding love in the process, while Mari and Cheyenne develop their musical abilities by recording an album. After initial signs of optimism, Junior finds himself beset by an array of challenges that include homelessness and gender non-conformity. And then Trump is elected and suddenly the asylum status for all four is in jeopardy.