AFI DOCS 2021: LGBTQ+ Films
Celebrate pride month with us at AFI DOCS 2021 film festival! This year’s lineup has no shortage of incredible documentaries that are sure to pique the interest of our LGBTQ+ audiences. These films touch on history and activism, uncovering fascinating and inspiring stories alongside personal and emotional ones, celebrating unsung personalities and shedding light on beautiful subcultures. This diverse collection of features and shorts is a rainbow of offerings that you will not want to miss at the film festival.
We will also have a live DOC Talks panel HISTORY IS OUT OF THE CLOSET: EXCAVATING QUEER STORIES FOR THE SCREEN on June 26, 1:00 p.m. EDT. Buy Ticket.
Athletes at the Maryland School for the Deaf defend their winning streak while dealing with the loss of a friend. They face pressures of entering the hearing world in this coming-of-age story. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 6 – Buy Ticket
THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT
“If a bad actor can be president, why not a good drag queen?” In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as the first openly queer write-in candidate. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 4 – Buy Ticket
The coded advertisements of legendary early-20th century gay illustrator J.C. Leyendecker quietly, but directly, acknowledged a community that was forced to live in the closet. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 6 – Buy Ticket
INTERNATIONAL DAWN CHORUS DAY
On International Dawn Chorus Day (May 3, 2020), birds from six continents join a Zoom call, where they gossip about storms, cats, wires, dates and two Egyptian activists. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 1 – Buy Ticket
LFG is an inspiring and intimate documentary following the U.S. women’s national soccer team as it files a class-action, gender discrimination lawsuit against the team’s employer, the U.S. Soccer Federation. Buy Ticket
MY NAME IS PAULI MURRAY
Academy Award® nominees Betsy West and Julie Cohen (RGB) profile the remarkable Pauli Murray, whose legacy as one of the 20th Century’s great human rights activists and legal scholars finally gets the attention it deserves. Closed captions available. Buy Ticket
NO STRAIGHT LINES
This wonderfully immersive look at the history of queer comics celebrates the queer artists who carved out a space in the culture where they could see themselves and be seen by others. Closed captions available. Buy Ticket
NORTH BY CURRENT
After the death of his young niece and accusations that the family might somehow have been involved, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax has many questions that won’t have clear or easy answers. Closed captions available. Buy Ticket
Former leaders of the “pray away the gay” movement contend with the aftermath unleashed by their actions, while a survivor seeks healing and acceptance from more than a decade of trauma. Buy Ticket
A look at the off-the-wall psyche of Gen Z by way of visionary 3D artist Scum Boy, a young South African, Jewish transgender man living his life with illuminating fearlessness. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 3 – Buy Ticket
At an LGBTQ retirement home, the annual “senior” prom takes on a whole new meaning – a celebration of the lives and legacies of resistance of the eldest queer generation. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 2 – Buy Ticket
SINK OR SWIM
In this canonical personal documentary, filmmaker Su Friedrich returns to a pivotal childhood memory – her father has thrown her into the deep end of the pool to teach her to swim. Closed captions available. Free Screening – Get Ticket
The voices of gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center in the 1980s and 1990s haunt the sanitized, commerce-driven landscape of the newly rebuilt Freedom Tower. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 3 – Buy Ticket
Inside an evangelical Salvadoran prison, a ruthless 18th Street gang hitman is guilty, not only of his crimes, but of the unforgivable sin of being gay. SCREENS AS PART OF SHORTS PROGRAM 4 – Buy Ticket
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