“Born into a homophobic society, what are you willing to sacrifice to survive?”
Simone, a young lesbian single mother, survives a brutal anti-gay shooting. Now she must choose between hiding with her daughter in Jamaica in constant fear for their lives or escaping alone to seek safety and asylum abroad.
Maurice, Jamaica’s leading human-rights activist, is outed shortly after filing a lawsuit challenging his country’s anti-sodomy law. After receiving a flood of death threats, he escapes to Canada, and then risks everything to return to continue his activism.
Told first hand as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotionally gripping journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians, and offer an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
Monday, September 9
Bannan Hall 241
10:30 AM: Film Screening
12:00 PM: Discussion with film’s director, Micah Fink, and LGBT Rights Attorney, Maurice Tomlinson on the criminalization of homosexuality
Please feel free to attend either or both sessions. Lunch provided.