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Your search by 'Activism' identified 38 films


  • Being Stavros

    Being Stavros

    UK , 2013 , 10 min. In a bid to find true love, 32-year-old Stavros enters the Mr. Gay UK beauty pageant—things don’t go as anyone plans. Stavros’s challenge: He weighs three times as much as his competitors. This joyous, affirming, and poignant profile examines gay body image and just how to wear your underpants.... Read more
  • Broken Heart Land

    Broken Heart Land

    USA , 2013 , 81 min. An Oklahoma city council meeting unleashes homophobic and AIDS-phobic vitriol. A week later, a gay teen with a secret commits suicide. Zack’s death forces his grieving family to break their silence and connect with an activist community—and with a greater purpose.... Read more
  • Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda

    Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda

    Russia , 2014 , 78 min. This lucid documentary primer on LGBT discrimination in Russia features frank interviews with Russians on the worsening situation for their country’s queer citizens. Directed by outspoken political activist (and gay porn mogul) Michael Lucas, a Moscow native.... Read more
  • The Case Against 8

    The Case Against 8

    USA , 2013 , 112 min. A riveting inside account of the epic legal battle to overturn Proposition 8, this film follows the four plaintiffs and their legal team from San Francisco to the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more
  • Coming Out in the 1970s

    Coming Out in the 1970s

    USA , 2014 , 15 min. Four teen activists, local heroes, and filmmaker Phil Siegel explore the history of the not-so-distant past in the third part of Siegel’s vivid and engaging documentary series.... Read more
  • Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

    Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank

    USA , 2013 , 87 min. This fascinating documentary explores the life of our country’s most prominent out gay politician to date: the inimitable Barney Frank, a staunch defender of civil rights and “small-d” democratic principles for 32 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.... Read more
  • Elliot King is Third

    Elliot King is Third

    USA , 2012 , 19 min. A dystopic tale of gender enforcement set in a not-too-distant future, Elliot King Is Third is a sci-fi exploration of a society in which identity microchips are implanted into humans. Elliot wants to change his identity to live a safer life, but can he?... Read more
  • Facing Fear

    Facing Fear

    89 min. Fear comes in many sizes and takes on many faces; it can paralyze and define a person for a lifetime. This intensely moving program of shorts delves bravely into the way in which people face their fear, and how it can be a source of liberation and forgiveness.... Read more
  • Facing Fear

    Facing Fear

    USA , 2013 , 22 min. In this Oscar-nominated short, the worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime collide by chance 25 years later. Both are challenged to examine their fears and beliefs, which remarkably leads to a rare collaboration. At its core, this poignant documentary examines violence, racism, homophobia, discrimination, and the ultimate act of self-love—forgiveness.... Read more
  • Free in Song

    Free in Song

    USA , 2014 , 20 min. Singer, musician, music emissary, and cultural activist extraordinaire Melanie DeMore, an African American lesbian, brings her passion for music to children and adults around the globe.... Read more
  • FU377

    FU377

    UK , 2014 , 5 min. While the Indian Supreme Court tries to outlaw homosexuality, an adorable mother has her knowledge of “gay sex” in mint condition, wheeling out a tidbit or two for her heartbroken queer daughter in an effort to cheer her up.... Read more
  • Generations: Youth and Elders Making Movies

    Generations: Youth and Elders Making Movies

    85 min. This yearly program highlights films created in Frameline and TILT’s local Generations Film Workshop, as well as five other films featuring the powerful voices of youth and elders across the country.... Read more
  • Gerontophilia

    Gerontophilia

    Canada , 2013 , 90 min. Queer cinema bad boy Bruce LaBruce (Hustler White, L.A Zombie) continues to shock but also reveals a newfound sensitivity in this tender tale of 18-year-old nursing-home attendant Lake, who discovers his titular fetish for elderly men and falls hard for the wise and witty octogenarian Mr. Peabody.... Read more
  • Heklina

    Heklina

    USA , 2013 , 15 min. The hair. The laugh. The stories. Heklina is the founder and hostess of Trannyshack, currently San Francisco’s longest-running drag show. From her early days growing up in Iceland, a discharge from the navy, overcoming drugs and alcohol, she has emerged as one of the premiere performers in the San Francisco alternative drag scene. Enjoy the show!... Read more
  • History of SFWAR

    History of SFWAR

    USA , 2013 , 11 min. Tracing their 40-year history, this moving documentary honors the role that San Francisco Women Against Rape plays in the fight to end sexual assault.... Read more
  • Housing First

    Housing First

    USA , 2013 , 22 min. San Francisco status as a gay mecca is called into question by the finding that the LGBTQ population is being disproportionately affected by the current housing crisis. Activists call for action against the greedy landlords and legal loopholes that are pushing many people away from the city they call home.... Read more
  • Jellyfish

    Jellyfish

    Malaysia , 2013 , 11 min. Set in a Muslim fishing village in Borneo Jellyfish is the coming-of-age story of Danice, a fourteen-year old fisherwoman who tastes first love with Riya—an alluring transgender woman who arrives in the village one day.... Read more
  • Kumu Hina

    Kumu Hina

    USA , 2013 , 74 min. This powerful film documents the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture within the westernizing society of modern day Hawai’i. It is told through the lens of Hina Wong-Kalu, an extraordinary Native Hawaiian woman who is both a proud mahu, or transgender person, and a respected kumu, or teacher.... Read more
  • The L Riders

    The L Riders

    USA , 2013 , 13 min. Five lesbians use motorcycles to express themselves, explore their sexuality, and create a community that tackles the social stigmas of the LGBT community.... Read more
  • Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    96 min. As a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, Christopher Beck experienced some of the most intense combat known to anyone. But Christopher’s journey to become Kristin Beck, an openly transgendered veteran and civil rights advocate, has proven to be the greatest battle of her life.... Read more
  • Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    USA , 2014 , 84 min. As a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, Christopher Beck experienced some of the most intense combat known to anyone. But Christopher’s journey to become Kristin Beck, an openly transgendered veteran and civil rights advocate, has proven to be the greatest battle of her life.... Read more
  • The Last One

    The Last One

    USA , 2013 , 74 min. Begun as a makeshift memorial in San Francisco, the AIDS Memorial Quilt quickly grew into a national symbol. Featuring interviews with the project’s founder Cleve Jones, this documentary asks the question: How are we still diagnosing people at alarming rates?... Read more
  • Letter to Anita

    Letter to Anita

    81 min. Dr. Ronni Sanlo’s activist career was launched in 1978, when she came out and lost custody of her young kids in Florida. Sanlo’s pioneering journey leads her into gratitude and forgiveness toward Anita Bryant, who unwittingly catalyzed the LGBT civil rights movement.... Read more
  • Limited Partnership

    Limited Partnership

    Australia , 2014 , 74 min. In 1975, Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan became one of the first same-sex couples to legally marry—and the first to be denied legal immigration status. This documentary tells the story of a pioneering bi-national couple who paved the way to defeat DOMA.... Read more
  • Living in the Overlap

    Living in the Overlap

    USA , 2013 , 26 min. For more than 40 years, Lennie and Pearl have shared a passion for social justice and for each other. Now, the indelible spark of their love inspires many others as they fight for their right to marry in North Carolina.... Read more
  • Local Legends

    Local Legends

    88 min. Bambi Lake, Heklina, mr Pam, Phatima Rude, and Jason Mecier. You may know these names, but do you know their stories? Join us in celebration of these local legends as the artists share stories about their lives that are raw, brave, entertaining and above all else, inspiring.... Read more
  • Out in the Night

    Out in the Night

    USA , 2014 , 75 min. Out in the Night is a riveting documentary exploring the notorious case of The New Jersey 4, African American women branded by tabloids as a “Gang of Killer Lesbians!” after an altercation with an aggressive male “admirer” whose advances they rebuffed.... Read more
  • Pussy vs. Putin

    Pussy vs. Putin

    95 min. This bracing film program brings together the funny, fresh and bold voices of women on the cutting—and sometimes bleeding—edge of free expression in Putin’s Russia, and a new documentary chronicling the controversial punk protest group Pussy Riot.... Read more
  • Pussy vs. Putin

    Pussy vs. Putin

    Russia , 2014 , 59 min. The new documentary Pussy vs. Putin is a fascinating eyewitness chronicle of Russia’s feminist rock performance/activist group Pussy Riot, before and after the 2013 arrest and imprisonment of three of their members for hooliganism. The group’s fiercely anti-Putin, anti-authoritarian lyrics defending free speech and women’s and gay rights are captured in snippets of rehears... Read more
  • Rad Queers: Payasos L.A.

    Rad Queers: Payasos L.A.

    USA , 2012 , 9 min. Smashing taboos and redefining philanthropy, Rad Queers: Payasos L.A. offers an intimate glimpse into a group of gay Latino men who wear clown make-up, go-go dance at leather bars, and try to make the world a better place.... Read more
  • Regarding Susan Sontag

    Regarding Susan Sontag

    106 min. This new documentary about America’s most glamorous public intellectual is a feast for the eyes and mind. It features a trove of fascinating archival footage of Sontag, along with vivid commentary from her friends and lovers.... Read more
  • Regarding Susan Sontag

    Regarding Susan Sontag

    USA , 2014 , 100 min. This new documentary about America’s most glamorous public intellectual is a feast for the eyes and mind. It features a trove of fascinating archival footage of Sontag, along with vivid commentary from her friends and lovers.... Read more
  • Songs for Alexis

    Songs for Alexis

    89 min. Ryan Cassata is a transgender teen and aspiring singer-songwiter living in the suburbs of Long Island. He is deeply in love with 16-year-old Alexis from California. This skillful, intimate coming-of-age documentary is a love story for the ages—all ages.... Read more
  • Songs for Alexis

    Songs for Alexis

    Denmark , 2014 , 75 min. Ryan Cassata is a transgender teen and aspiring singer-songwiter living in the suburbs of Long Island. He is deeply in love with 16-year-old Alexis from California. This skillful, intimate coming-of-age documentary is a love story for the ages—all ages.... Read more
  • Sticks & Stones

    Sticks & Stones

    USA , 2014 , 14 min. Notorious transsexual chanteuse, Bambi Lake, takes us on a stroll down pre-AIDS 1970s Polk Street, where Lake once worked as a street hustler and later as a performer in the burgeoning San Francisco ‘80s punk scene.... Read more
  • Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People

    USA , 2013 , 92 min. Thomas Allen Harris excavates a century and a half’s worth of sublime, mostly black-and-white photographs from family albums and African American newspapers, and etches a poignant, probing portrait of everyday black life that stands in sharp contrast to the stereotypes and racist propaganda of the mainstream press.... Read more
  • To Be Takei

    To Be Takei

    USA , 2014 , 90 min. The stellar centerpiece documentary of Frameline38 celebrates the Star Trek legend, the marriage-equality advocate, the spokesperson for Japanese Americans imprisoned in internment camps during World War II, Facebook phenomenon (with nearly 7 million fans), and the recipient of this year’s Frameline Award: superstar George Takei.... Read more
  • Veteran Documentary Corps: Zoe Dunning

    Veteran Documentary Corps: Zoe Dunning

    USA , 2014 , 12 min. Expected to attend: Subject Zoe Dunning, Director Silvia Turchin Maria Zoe Dunning is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, a gay rights activist, and the first and only openly gay person allowed to remain on active duty in the military prior to the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.... Read more