Submissions for Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival sometimes fall into thematic patterns, based in large part on popular themes, specific cultural issues, and politics. This year, one recurring theme came mostly from abroad – from all over the world, in fact – and the recurring theme was how LGBTQ people live and are treated in other parts of the world.
“I think some of what is driving filmmakers to make these films right now is that there are still so many countries, cultures and religions where LGBTQ people still face prejudice, hatred and open hostility,” said Michael C. Green, Cinema Diverse Festival Director and Executive Director of the Palm Springs Cultural Center. “But I also think it’s because immigration has become such a hot topic all over the world, and, in many cases, LGBTQ people are seeking asylum from their homelands. Another reason I think we are seeing so many of these films is that it has become easier for filmmakers to tell these stories. Technology is more available.”
Cinema Diverse 2017 includes several films, both shorts and features, that focus on the treatment of LGBTQ people in other countries and other cultures.
“It is sometimes hard to watch these films,” Green continued, “but it is important to see them, not only because we need to be aware of what is happening all over the world to our brothers and sisters, but also because we need to be reminded, and mindful of the fact, that none of our own freedoms are assured.”
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Posted by Michael Carroll Green on September 16, 2017 at 4:22pm