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Run Time: 84 minutes
This powerful documentary traces the setbacks and triumphs experienced by LGBTQ+ refugees and asylum seekers escaping from the Middle East and Africa as they struggle to carve out a new home in the U.S. Facing violence and persecution in their home countries, the film introduces us to: Subhi, a Syrian activist running from Al Qaeda; Cheyenne and Mari, a young lesbian couple fleeing Angola; and Junior, an HIV+ man driven out of the Congo. The film’s protagonists are relocated to San Francisco, arguably the American queer mecca, in the hope of finding freedom and safety. But they are met with an entirely new set of challenges, including securing permanent housing and steady employment in one of the nation’s most expensive cities—not to mention the fight to maintain their mental health amidst the endless bureaucratic gymnastics required of them. Still, this is a story of perseverance, and it captures the profound beauty of the human will to survive while speaking to the unwavering resilience of queer people around the globe. — R.J.T.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:00 PM ET
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 2:15 PM ET
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 2:25 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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