In honor of Pride month, we are highlighting a handful of excellent TFI supported films that tell compelling and important LGBTQ stories. Watch one! Watch them all! Host a screening with friends! Encourage someone to watch one who might not otherwise!
Signature Move (TFI Network, 2016)
Directed by Jennifer Reeder
Pakistani-American lawyer Zaynab (Mirza) juggles a demanding job, a budding romance with Latina bookstore owner Alma (Sanchez), and a newfound hobby: lucha libre wrestling. On top of all that, she’s adapting to living with her recently widowed, traditionalist Muslim mother (Indian superstar Shabana Azmi), to whom she’s not out of the closet. As Zaynab’s relationship with Alma grows more serious, she’s forced to reconcile her love for her girlfriend with her love for her mother. Set against the multicultural mosaic of Chicago’s immigrant communities, Signature Move is a tender, vividly realized look at falling in love from the perspective of queer women of color. (Image above)
Where to watch: BAM Cinemafest on Thursday, 6/15!
The Case Against 8 (Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, 2013)
Directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White
A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Where to watch: HBO
God Loves Uganda (Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, 2012 and Tribeca All Access, 2011)
Directed by Roger Ross Williams
God Loves Uganda goes inside the powerful and underreported evangelical campaign to change the face of African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. As the radical effort to eliminate “sexual immorality” creates a wave of violence and hatred, an embattled humanist Ugandan pastor searches for solutions.
Where to watch: iTunes
The New Black (Tribeca All Access, 2012 and Tribeca All Access Alumni Grant, 2014)
Directed by Yoruba Richen
The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage and examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.
Where to watch: Netflix
Naz and Maalik (IWC Filmmaker Award Recipient, 2014)
Directed by Jay Dockendorf
A decade into the War on Terror, two first-generation Muslim teens in love spend a summer afternoon hustling the streets of Bed-Stuy. Their secretive behavior unknowingly sets an FBI agent on their trail. Convinced the boys are engaged in violent radicalism, the agent spins their youthful adventure into chaos. Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate individuals.
Where to watch: Vimeo
AWOL (IWC Filmmaker Award Recipient, 2015)
Directed by Deb Shoval
Joey, 18, falls hard for Rayna, 27, a sexy, married mother of two. Threatened by Rayna’s husband and fired from her job at the local dairy, Joey must make some choices about her future in a post-industrial area with little to offer, and she reluctantly joins the Army. Days before deployment to Afghanistan and still wildly in love, Joey returns home to rural Pennsylvania and plans to go AWOL with Rayna and her kids.
Where to watch: iTunes & Amazon
Gun Hill Road (Tribeca All Access, 2010)
Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green
After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique's grasp and understanding.
Where to watch: Amazon
The Imitation Game (TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, 2014)
Directed by Morten Tyldum
World War II English math prodigy Alan Turing joins a secret faction of the British Royal Navy tasked with solving an impossible puzzle – the German war code, Enigma. Where to watch: Netflix
Women Who Kill (Tribeca All Access, 2015)
Directed by Ingrid Jungermann
Morgan and Jean work well together as hosts of their semi-famous true crime podcast because they didn’t work, at all, as a couple. When Morgan strikes up a relationship with the mysterious Simone their professional interest boils over into a cycle of suspicion, paranoia, and fear. Thankfully, Morgan has a confidant (maybe not her first choice given that she is in prison for murder). Women Who Kill is an adept and wry comedy on modern romance’s hollow results set in an LGBTQ Brooklyn that pulls ample humor from awkward and, perhaps to confirmed Park Slopers, all-too-familiar situations.
Where to watch: COMING SOON to theaters and VOD