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Your search by 'Politics' identified 23 films


  • An Exchange

    An Exchange

    USA , 2013 , 13 min. In this deceptively simple dramatic scene, a conservative family man finds comfort in a hotel room massage, while the masseur (and the audience) find out something rather less comforting.... Read more
  • Bradley Manning Had Secrets

    Bradley Manning Had Secrets

    UK , 2011 , 5 min. This is the story of Bradley Manning, not as a Wikileaks hacktivist but as a young American soldier going through a crisis of consciousness and identity. Animated in a rotoscoped pixel-art style and using dialogue from Bradley’s online conversations, this film explores issues of personal and political secrets, digital identity, and alienation.... 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
  • 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

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Holiday

    Holiday

    Ecuador , 2013 , 82 min. Against the 1999 collapse of Ecuador’s banking system in the wake of a corruption scandal, doe-eyed, sensitive Juampi feels his own world turn upside down when he meets leather-clad Juano, an indigenous Quechua, during a holiday visit to the Andes.... Read more
  • Homegrown

    Homegrown

    77 min. From first love to the fight for fair housing, this program is an upbeat look at what lingers in the hearts, minds and pants of those who proudly call the SF Bay Area their home.... 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
  • In the City of Shy Hunters

    In the City of Shy Hunters

    82 min. This handsome collection of shorts puts images and representations of transguys front and center. From seemingly familiar greetings and unfamiliar goodbyes, to finding empowerment thru embodiment, to sci-fi ruminations on self and society, these shorts highlight bravely authentic, resilient, and self-defined men.... Read more
  • Jimmy Carter!

    Jimmy Carter!

    USA , 2010 , 4 min. A magical exploration of the tenure of President Jimmy Carter, this animated music video recapitulates the highlights of Carter’s Presidency with a bit of history, Japanese rap, laser beams, penis monsters, and many other wildly exciting features.... 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
  • Mentor

    Mentor

    USA , 2013 , 79 min. A town with an ironic name promotes the American dream, but cannot escape its shadow, school bullying. Immigrant families and others who are outside this culture of conformity pay the ultimate price, as unchecked bullying leads their kids to commit suicide.... Read more
  • O.V.O.

    O.V.O.

    France , 2012 , 18 min. In this taut political thriller, French filmmaker Alban Sapin creates a dystopian but very recognizable world in which an extreme neo-Fascist party has taken power targeting Jews, immigrants and homosexuals. Laurent, his Arabic lover and their targeted friends discover the moral and personal costs of accepting—or resisting—the Ovo party’s secret, menacing agenda.... Read more
  • Out in East Berlin—Lesbians and Gays in the GDR

    Out in East Berlin—Lesbians and Gays in the GDR

    Germany , 2013 , 98 min. The politics, passion and personal toll of coming out in East Berlin are captured in this powerful, illuminating documentary about thirteen East Berliners who came to terms with their sexuality in an authoritarian state.... Read more
  • Priest

    Priest

    Uganda , 2013 , 7 min. An African priest wrestles with his conscience; using elements of magical realism and intimate close-ups, this film tells the story of his conflicting passions for God and men.... 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
  • 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