Films / Programs


The best documentaries capture the richness of our communities – and we're proud to bring you the best of this year's LGBT documentaries! Some take a look at the remarkable lives of activists: Audre Lorde, Charlotte Bunch and Ellen Ratner. Others examine the work of young activists combating bullying and religious freedom in the Deep South of the United States (and online in Me @ The Zoo) to marriage equality and family issues here in the Bay Area. We are delighted to feature docs from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, France, Holland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S.

365 without 377


India’s LGBT community celebrates the first anniversary of the repeal of Statute 377, which decriminalized homosexuality, in this gorgeously photographed documentary which offers a vivid glimpse into a country on the cusp of change.

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Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992

Germany, 2012, 81M

Two things you should know about Audre Lorde: she had a deadpan sense of humor and after her cancer diagnosis, she believed being in Berlin added years onto her life. This lively documentary uses intimate home videos and rare footage to reveal a mesmerizing portrait of a feminist icon.

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Ballroom Rules


From foxtrot to tango, follow five Aussie couples as they prepare to compete against the world’s best queer ballroom dancers in this exhilarating and very personal doc.

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Beautiful Games


From Brighton to San Francisco to Sydney, this trio of short sporty docs takes a sweaty look inside the traditionally macho and homophobic worlds of soccer and rugby to see what happens when gay athletes create their own teams and leagues.

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Boy Cheerleaders


Armed with pairs of pompoms and an abundance of adolescent energy, the DAZL Diamonds cheerleading squad of South Leeds is preparing to become the first all-boy team to compete in the UK Cheerleading Championships.

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Call Me Kuchu

USA, 2012, 87M

The first openly gay man In Uganda, activist David Kato boldly fights homophobia and a new bill that would make homosexuality punishable by death. It’s a remarkable portrait of courage, and the inspiring final testimony of a true David fighting a vociferous Goliath.

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Children of Srikandi

Germany, 2012, 74M

The indeterminate-gendered mythical warrior Srikandi is the inspiration and role model for this anthology of stories, comprising the first film by queer women about queer women in Indonesia.

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Dearly Beloved


Three endearing documentaries investigate the history of the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality: from a gay couple who has been together for 54 years; to the work of Byron Rushing and other straight allies, to how a group of East Bay LGBT activists created the concept of “domestic partnership”.

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Die Standing Up

Mexico, 2011, 90M

She was still in diapers when doctors said she wouldn’t live past 20. Where most saw defeat, socialist activist Irina Layevska saw a call to action; it was now or never, and her body is her first site of revolution.

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Face 2 Face

USA, 2012, 110M

Successful Hollywood director Katherine Brooks (Loving Annabelle) discovers the power of true friendship in the digital age as she embarks on an impulsive 11,000-mile journey to meet fifty of her Facebook friends Face 2 Face.

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Girl or Boy, My Sex Is Not My Gender


How does being raised as a girl affect the man you become? This insightful film moves beyond the transition genre to explore how four individuals (including Lynnee Breedlove and Rocco Kayiatos) choose to remake themselves when suddenly given new power and privilege.

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Habana Muda


Amor speaks louder than words in Eric Brach’s compassionate documentary that follows the complicated romantic entanglements and émigré dreams of Chino, a charismatic deaf and hard of hearing bisexual who supports his female partner and kids in rural Cuba while falling for a Mexican lover in Havana.

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Hollywood to Dollywood


Armed with a movie script, an RV named “Jolene,” and a birdhouse replica of Dolly Parton’s childhood home, gay twin brothers Gary and Larry embark on an epic road trip from LA to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the hope of hand-delivering their script to Dolly during Dollywood’s 25th anniversary celebration.

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I Am A Woman Now

Netherlands, 2011, 86M

A group of aging transwomen who shared the same groundbreaking surgeon in the ’60s and ’70s reflect back on their lives, sharing stories of pain and rejection, but also joy and triumph.

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The Invisible Men

Israel, 2012, 69M

Examining the multiple layers of identity that add up to make a person, award-winning director Yariv Mozer’s intimate film sheds light on a world where one cannot be gay in Palestine, or Palestinian in Israel. In this world, there truly are Invisible Men.

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I Stand Corrected

USA, 2011, 83M

This intimate and engrossing documentary follows jazz musician Jennifer Leitham’s career as a virtuoso of the upright bass and her liberating decision to risk everything to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.

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Jobriath A.D.

USA, 2011, 102M

Follow the riveting story of a child piano prodigy who ultimately became the first openly gay rock star. A window into the glam music scene of the ’70s, Jobraith A.D. shines a revelatory spotlight on an unsung gay icon.

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Look at Me Again

Brazil, 2011, 72M

Syllvio Luccio, a self-described “tacky and rude” trans-hetero guy, leads us on a personal journey through Northeastern Brazil as he finds common ground with the diverse cast of characters he meets on the road.

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Love Free or Die

USA, 2012, 83M

Macky Alston’s latest documentary deftly unwinds the riveting story of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay, partnered bishop fighting for LGBT inclusion in the Episcopal Church. Will love conquer all? And will the Church hold together?

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Me @ the Zoo

USA, 2011, 90M

“Leave Britney alone!” words that would make Chris Crocker famous on YouTube. Behind these three simple words lies much more than a plea of empathy for a star being hounded by paparazzi. It’s a powerful cry of rage by a young gay man who fights against bullying in a platform that has changed how we can share stories.

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Mississippi: I Am


Under the backdrop of the very Christian and traditionally homophobic southland, Mississippi: I Am examines the push from young people to bring LGBT civil rights issues to the forefront with some help from out Mississippi native, Lance Bass.

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Passionate Politics / A Force of Nature


Two short and inspiring documentaries: Passionate Politics shows how lesbian activist, writer and teacher Charlotte Bunch’s political engagement has set the pace for the international women’s movement. Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple celebrates whirlwind journalist and philanthropist extraordinaire Ellen Ratner in A Force of Nature.

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Positive Youth


Positive Youth is a documentary which follows four HIV-Positive youth (late teens to 27) in four different North American cities in Cinema vérité style.

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Revealing Mr. Maugham

France, 2012, 84M

Through interviews with family, friends and scholars (including Armistead Maupin and Alexander McCall-Smith), Revealing Mr. Maugham explores the professional and private complexities of this little known literary giant and gay pioneer who left his wife for the man of his dreams.

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The Right to Love: An American Family


The Leffew family fights for marriage equality in a humble, powerful way. They post home videos on YouTube to let people know that they are just like any other loving family and absolutely deserve equal protection under the law.

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Sexing the Transman


In this intimate inquiry into transmen's sexualities, porn star Buck Angel (famously billed as “the man with a vagina”) asks transmen and those who love them about how their bodies, sexualities, and identities are affected by the medical and social process of transition.

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Castro muscle bears have nothing on Olympic Weightlifter Cheryl Haworth. This big, strong, healthy woman—who won a bronze medal in weight lifting at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney—challenges our traditional notions of health, beauty and femininity.

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Submerged Queer Spaces

USA, 2012, 100M

Submerged Queer Spaces invites you on a colorful stroll through San Francisco queer history in this urban archeological expedition that goes well beyond the Castro and begins long before the first Pride parade.

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Taking a Chance on God


Pioneering gay priest, psychotherapist and teacher, Father John J. McNeill always knew he was gay and had intended to live as a celibate priest. But God had other plans and led McNeill on a more whole holy path.

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UNFIT: Ward vs. Ward

USA, 2012, 75M

Who’s the better parent: a convicted murderer or a lesbian? This heartbreaking documentary chronicles the Florida custody battle between devoted mother and out lesbian Mary Ward and her ex-husband, convicted murderer John Ward.

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United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

USA, 2012, 93M

This first feature-length documentary examines how through ACT UP, a small group of men and women of all races and classes, came together to change the way AIDS was represented in U.S. culture and save each other’s lives.

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USA, 2011, 93M

We could think of no better way to begin this year’s Festival than with a film about one of the most influential people in the history of queer cinema—Vito, a moving and gorgeous documentary about Vito Russo, the inexhaustible gay activist who wrote “The Celluloid Closet” and changed LGBT cinema forever.

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What's in a Name


With a deft combination of unobtrusive documentary camera work and hallucinogenic theatrical sequences, Eva Küpper‘s debut film What’s in a Name reveals a fascinating segment of gender terrorist and body art performer Jon Cory’s (a.k.a. Rose Wood’s) journey.

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USA, 2012, 74M

Exploring the common urban problem of community, visibility and gentrification, Wildness is a love story between a young, idealistic transplant and the magical bar that takes him in and helps him grow up.

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