The Gem People

How does one survive an encounter with death, a silent men’s retreat, or an evening at T.G.I. Friday’s? Watch and learn. These playful and intelligent films experiment with visual and narrative techniques to deliver more than just a script. Enter the realm of The Gem People, a world fraught with cringe-worthy empathy, magic, sex, and social media gone awry.

In Ahogo-Ice Cream, a woman falls desperately in lust with her ice cream bar. Grab a spoon! A Ugandan priest wrestles with his conscience in the award-winning Priest, which combines elements of magical realism and intimate close-ups. Meet Gary, a disillusioned queen obsessed with status and “quality of life,” in Together People, shot on 8mm and 16mm. Death strikes a hard bargain in Brute, a lesbian retelling of an Iranian epic. Burn your bra, put away your beehive hairdo, and learn some real fashion from The Gem Sisters. Laugh out loud with the original music video Social Networks (Make Me Feel Sh*t Sometimes). The Gem People delivers all this and more in ten dynamic short films!

— Kolmel Withlove

This film contains sexually explicit material.

Co-presented by:
Canyon Cinema Foundation
San Francisco Cinematheque

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