Families Are Forever

This compelling program of short documentaries highlights the beautifully complex intersecting relationships of family of origin and chosen family. The ties that bind across bloodlines as well as cherished networks of support connect us as queer folk, building communities and expanding our definition of home.

The fourth in the Devotion series, The Devotion Project: My Person chronicles the lives of Eric and Anne, devoted spouses and loving parents raising their daughter, Jonah, in Oakland. They describe their romance and marriage, as well as the challenges they face as a trans-queer couple. Shared Origins introduces Zoe and Tsehaye, two transracially adopted sisters, born in Ethiopia and raised in North Carolina by lesbian parents, who travel to their birth country for the first time. Families Are Forever offers a glimpse into the life of a Mormon Family in a California community as they journey from door-knocking in favor of Prop 8 to acceptance of their adolescent gay son, directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, Vivian Kleiman (Always My Son, Frameline34). Homeless, bullied, and failing out of high school, 18-year-old Jonathon moves in with queer host parents, transfers schools, and forms a dance crew, The Infamous T. He struggles to mesh with his new household, stay in school, and be his most authentic self.


— DESIREE BUFORD

Co-presented by:
PFLAG San Francisco
Our Family Coalition

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