Gay Chorus Deep South

Screenings

February 01, 2020
Discussion to be led by Graeme Reid, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch.

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in the southern US and the divisive 2016 elections, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir embarks on a daring tour of the American Deep South.

Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma, Alabama. They performed in churches, community centers, and concert halls in hopes of uniting people in a divisive period. The journey also challenges Tim and other choir members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a personal journey toward reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of an America where the things that divide people – faith, politics, sexual identity – are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.

Filmmaker(s): 
David Charles Rodrigues
Country of Production: 
United States
Year: 
2019
100m
Language(s): 
English
Genre: 
Documentary
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
David Charles Rodrigues
Writer and Director

David is a Greek-American-Brazilian filmmaker and equal rights activist. He’s a Sundance New Frontier and Doc lab fellow. His work leverages art, music and cinematic narratives to trojan-horse challenging messages into people’s hearts and minds. Rodrigues’ short films and commercials have garnered over 1 billion views online and were featured at MOCA Los Angeles, MOCA Tei Pei, The San Jose New Media Biennial, Skirball Cultural Center, The Art Directors Club, Cannes Lions and Art Basel Miami. Gay Chorus Deep South is his feature documentary debut.

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