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BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival

Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 1:00pm to Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 10:00pm
British Film Institute
BFI Southbank, London, SE1 8XT







BFI Flare - is the BFI's London LGBT Film Festival, now in its 28th year.

With a broad and international programme of films, and an ecclectic range of talks, club nights, and exhibitions. 

Among the films screening at the festival are a number of films by film-makers of African descent, and set in, or touching on Africa-related themes.

The Abominable Crime 

Sat 29th - 14:00 | Sat 29 - 20:45 | Sun 30 - 13:10 | 
Dir-Prod Micah Fink. USA 2013. 66min. 

Firk's documentary explores this pervasive and often fatal homophobia, focusing on the stories of two Jamaicans - a brave gay activist and a lesbian mother who survived a shooting. 

Veil of Silence 

In Januart the president signed a bill prohibiting same-se marriage. The act stretches far beyond marriage, making it a crime not only to be homosexual but criminalising those who support gay rights or fail to report someone they know to be gay. Lawal
lifts the veil on those forced to live in secret and in very real danger. 

Big Words

Dir-Scr Neil Drumming. Prod Matthew Keene Smith With Dorian Missick, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Darien Sills-Evans

USA 2012. 93min. Prod Co Twice Told 

Sat 22 | Sun 23 | Tues 25

John aka Big Words was once in hip hop crew DLP. Years later, while trying to impress a girl, he awkwardly confesses that he was in the Down Low Poets but 'there was nothing gay about that, it was the 90s. In fact while John and Terry, who is still trying to make a living as DJ Malik, are indeed straight, James (aka Jaybee Da Mac) has come out and is living an affluent life with his partner in Brooklyn, filled with fine wine and nice white lesbian friends. Set in Brooklyn on the eve of Obama's election in 2008, Drumming's highly enjoyable debut feature explores black masculinity with an impressive supportive castm including Yaya Alafia (The Kids are alright). 

Born This Way

Thu 27 March 

Dir-Prod Shaun Kadlec, Deb Tullman. 

USA 2013. 82mins. Sales The Film Collaborative

At a time when LGBT rights around the world are being stripped away, it's more important than ever to highlight stories from places that punish you for being who you are. An excellent documentary about prejudice against the lesbian and gay community in Cameroon, Born this Way does exactly that. 

Filming with secret cameras and under constant threat of being discovered and deported, Kadlec and Tullman follow four brave gay and lesbian Cameroonians who discuss candidly the difficulty of being queer in a country where homosexuality is illegal. While the reality of life is bleak, the film shows there
is hope for LGBT people, whether it is inside the sanctuary that is 'Alternatives Cameroun', the country's first LGBT centre, or at the hands of the amazing human rights lawyer, Alice Nkom who is fighting to protect LGBT rights. A timely and important documentary. 
In association with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival 
The Full festival programme with times and ticket details, can be accessed here
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