This year’s Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival is another festival offering a nice assortment of films made by and featuring people of color. Screening two films I’ve spotlighted here on this blog, “The Way He Looks,” and “Out In The Night.” Additionally, from Executive Producer Robert Redford is “Drunktown’s Finest.” About three young Native Americans- an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual, strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.”
“Lilting” chronicles the attempts hazarded by Richard (Ben Whishaw) to connect with Junn (Cheng Pei Pei), the Cambodian-Chinese mother of Kai, his longtime lover. Kai’s unexpected death has sent them both into isolating grief, but separated by culture, generation, and language (Junn knows no English), the two are wary, even resentful of the other. Kai never disclosed his relationship with Richard to his mother, and the possessiveness each feels towards their beloved stymies the other’s understanding.”
“Salvation Army,” Directed by Moroccan author Abdellah Taïa, who here translates his own memoiristic novel to the screen, “Salvation Army” recounts two formative chapters (more like stanzas, really) of Abdellah’s life: his boyhood in a Moroccan village where he sustains his first lessons in sexuality and power; and his arrival in the Western world – on scholarship to Switzerland – where he must meet instruction of a different sort”
The festival also offers a few free screenings as well, and who doesn’t like FREE! Not to mention a Forbidden Love Fashion Show, celebrating butch and femme looks as a tribute to the glamor of the film Forbidden Love. The film Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives,” is also a free screening.
Download the Milwaukee LGBT Festivals 2014 brochure and watch the moving trailer for “Drunktown’s Finest” below.
Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival. (October 16 – 26). Milwaukee, Minnesota. http://www4.uwm.edu/psoa/film/lgbtfilmfestival/