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Documentaries

The best documentaries capture the richness of our communities. We're proud to bring you the best of this year's LGBTQ documentaries from the US and around the globe!

Alex and Ali

92M

Two improbable soul mates, an American Peace Corps volunteer and a handsome Iranian in pre-revolutionary Iran, become lovers-in-secret for ten years before they are forced to separate. Thirty-five years later, despite obstacles, they reunite and attempt to rekindle their relationship.

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The Amina Profile

Canada, 2014, 84M

Catapulting viewers from intimate love story to international mystery, this markedly modern doc exposes the fluid reality of cyber life. Its questions about the unadulterated exhilaration of virtual love and cultural divides will leave you talking for days.

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Ascendance: The Angels of Change Documentary

USA, 2015, 78M

Filmmaker Deb Simone takes us backstage as LA trans youth prepare for a runway show and calendar launch fundraiser—these young people are also engaging in an intentional process of becoming visible, having a voice, and claiming a future as vital community members.

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El Canto del Colibrí

69M

In this intimate, candid, and deeply personal documentary, Latino fathers across the country recount the impact of their children’s coming out, while discussing issues of immigration, culture, prejudice, compassion, and understanding.

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Deep Run

USA, 2015, 75M

Young transman Cole and his girlfriend Ashley seek spiritual refuge in a welcoming church—a daunting challenge in rural North Carolina, where conservative Christianity rules. What ultimately saves them is deep love for themselves, each other, and their God.

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Desert Migration

USA, 2015, 80M

Palm Springs, California, an oasis of intense heat and Speedo-clad hotties, and a haven of a healing community for throngs of aging gay men contending with HIV/AIDS in a lost horizon of rejuvenating sunshine, is profiled with remarkable candor in this elegant, dignified documentary.

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Do I Sound Gay?

USA, 2014, 77M

Is it the sibilant “s,” or the drawn-out vowels? In this lighthearted yet thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker David Thorpe is on a quest to understand his “gay voice”—consulting speech experts as well as celebrities like David Sedaris, Tim Gunn, and George Takei.

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Fassbinder — To Love Without Demands

Denmark, 2015, 106M

This bracing documentary examines the brilliant and taboo-breaking film director R.W. Fassbinder’s life and work from a psychological standpoint, drawing on strikingly candid recent conversations with key intimates and rarely seen interviews that the filmmaker recorded with Fassbinder in the 1970s.

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Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

86M

Endlessly searching choreographer, and filmmaker, intellect, and feminist Yvonne Rainer is the subject of this fascinating reflection on the politics of identity as well as on the always-related concerns of one of the preeminent artists of our time.

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Finding Phong

Vietnam, 2015, 92M

Phong is a young transwoman from a village in Vietnam beginning her medical transition. Over the course of a year, she finds her place in the world and among her family, learning that becoming a woman involves more than she expected.

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From This Day Forward

USA, 2015, 79M

When Sharon Shattuck was still in middle school, her dad came out to her family as transgender and changed names from Michael to Trisha. Now preparing for her own wedding, Shattuck returns home to better understand her parents’ relationship.

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Game Face

USA, 2015, 95M

This forthright and sincere doc tracks the parallel stories of the first transgender pro mixed martial arts fighter, Fallon Fox, and a gay college hoops player who is cautiously planning his coming out, as they struggle for acceptance within their sports and society.

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Larry Kramer in Love and Anger

82M

A gripping, warts-and-all tribute to one of our most important gay activists, this documentary is a compelling account of the onset and terrible escalation of the AIDS crisis in the United States, an epidemic that came to define Kramer’s life and work.

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Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

62M

Women’s basketball superstar Chamique Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular career when a long-suppressed struggle with mental illness threatened to derail her life. This intimate portrait by two-time Oscar nominee Rick Goldsmith charts Holdsclaw’s ongoing battle for recovery and redemption.

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Olya’s Love

96M

Moscow-based LGBTQ activist Olya is devoted to her girlfriend, Galya. But is the struggle against Russia’s homophobia her true love? This documentary judiciously explores the intersection of the idea of “freedom” in a couple’s public and personal lives.

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Out to Win

Canada, 2014, 100M

Featuring interviews with trailblazing sports legends Martina Navratilova, David Kopay, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, and many others, this inspiring doc takes a powerful look at the struggles and triumphs of LGBT athletes in professional sports and leaves everyone cheering.

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Peace of Mind

82M

This beautifully constructed documentary is an at once poetic, highly personal and generously balanced portrait of the late trans artist and filmmaker Flo McGarrell during the final chapter of his short life as the director of FOSAJ Art Center in Jacmel, Haiti.

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Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn

100M

This intimate portrait of pioneering underground filmmaker Peter de Rome, chock-full of frisky erotic clips spanning three decades, charts his life and career as they unfolded alongside significant events in 20th-century gay history.

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Reel in the Closet

USA, 2015, 82M

Rare and important early film and video documentation of LGBTQ life in America is at risk of being lost to history without the efforts of the archivists who work to find, preserve, and catalogue it.

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The Royal Road

USA, 2015, 65M

A road movie like no other, Jenni Olson’s cinematic essay is part memoir, part history lesson, part travelogue—and entirely original. Confessional narration about butch identity and long-distance longing is layered over mesmerizing 16mm images of California landscapes in this engrossing meditation on memory and nostalgia.

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The Same Difference

77M

Self-identified studs Felicia “Snoop” Pearson (The Wire), AzMarie Livingston (Empire), and many others discuss hypocrisy in terms of gender roles and performative expectations within the Stud/Aggressive community. From stud-on-stud relationships to dressing femme for pay, no topic is left untouched.

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Scrum

62M

Three gay rugby athletes are vying for a spot on the elite Sydney Convicts team, competing for the 7th Annual Bingham Cup. Can they put behind their past struggles and win the prize? This is a steamy, pulsating documentary about acceptance, sportsmanship, and male camaraderie.

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Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story

80M

Porn and politics meet between the sheets and on the streets in this sexy, stirring account of infamous provocateur and heroic philanthropist Chuck Holmes, who parlayed his success as the founder of pretty-boy empire Falcon Studios into lifesaving LGBT activism.

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Tab Hunter Confidential

USA, 2015, 90M

Following the rapturously received I Am Divine (Frameline37) and Vito (Frameline36), 2015 Frameline Award recipient Jeffrey Schwarz vibrantly recalls the rollercoaster life and career of formerly closeted 1950s Hollywood heartthrob Tab Hunter in this lively and fascinating documentary.

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To Russia with Love

USA, 2014, 80M

As the 2014 Olympics in Sochi approached, LGBT athletes and broadcasters had to choose whether to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation. This fast-moving, entertaining documentary follows skater-broadcaster Johnny Weir, Billie Jean King, and Olympic hopefuls as they navigate the choppy waters where sports and human rights intersect.

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Visible Silence

71M

A delicate but probing look at “tom” and “dee” lesbians in Thailand, as they confront expectations to conform to a rigidly gender-assigned society. Silent but visible within it, they speak to us from a rich variety of experience.

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A Woman Like Me

USA, 2014, 85M

After finding out she has terminal breast cancer, co-director Alex Sichel confronts this hard truth through her filmmaking, concocting a magnificent hybrid that weaves the real and the imagined, “truth” and performance, life and a fierce desire to go joyfully toward death.

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The Year We Thought About Love

92M

Boston LGBTQ youth troupe True Colors: Out Youth Theater produces and performs a play that tackles the difficult topic of love. This inspiring doc celebrates the powerful work of a troupe that believes, above all else, the show must go on!

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The Yes Men Are Revolting

USA, 2014, 92M

The Yes Men are back! Legendary prankster protesters Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum chronicle their latest efforts to expose corporate greed and political malfeasance—while in the midst of their own midlife crisis.

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