With the World Pride celebrations being held in London this year, it is no surprise that Tower Hamlets’ EAST END FILM FESTIVAL is showing some of the finest and most moving cinema in LGBT history. Here’s what is on:
STRATFORD PICTUREHOUSE, Salway Road London E15 1BX box office 0871 902 5740 tube stratford
ANARCHY GIRLS (ANARCHIJA ZIRMUNUOS) Wednesday, 4 July at 20:30: this is the UK premiere of the first Lithuanian film to portray a lesbian relationship. Director Saulius Drunga’s film debut is described in the blurb as ‘being punkish’.
HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE box office 0871 902 5734
CALL ME KUCHU Thursday, 5 July at 21:00: The London premiere of an award-winning film. The subject is David Kato, the first man to be openly gay in Uganda: his struggles for the rights of the LGBT community in that country. The film tracks the last year of Kato’s life…before he was brutally struck down.
MY LAST ROUND (MI ULTIMO ROUND) Sunday, 8 July at 14:00: London premiere of a film from Chile/Argentina which explores ” the perceptions of masculinity and sexuality in competitive sport”. Oooooooh!
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE Sunday, 8 July at 16:00: in the early 1980s. a bunch of Americans take on the system. And win. The award-winning director and journalist David France visits London to show and tell us more.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK: HUMAN RIGHTS ACTION CENTRE 17-25, New Inn Yard, Hoxton, London EC2A 3EA
bus 26, 35, 47, 48, 67,149 tube old street
LOOK AT ME AGAIN (OHLE PRA MIM DE NOVO) Wednesday 4 July at 19:00: a film from Brazil. It’s about Silvio, who is trangender but was born as a woman. It’s also about his personal journey in order to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
ORGANISING PRIDES IN A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT Friday, 6 July at 17:00. Free, but we advise you book your seat.
On the day before the Pride Parade,why don’t you warm up? Amnesty will screen Homo @ LV: a history of how Pride got organised in Riga, Latvia. Followed by a panel discussion with Sam Dick (Head of Policy at Stonewall) among the panelists.