June is both Pride Month and my birthday month (my birthday was yesterday), so I’m always busy busy busy. This June I found myself going to Miami to introduce Some Like It Hot for Flaming Classics, moderating a panel at Turner on LGTBQ representation in cinema, and recorded a video about how movies helped me growing up queer in a small town. These experiences were life-affirming in that I was able to see our community thrive, but also I was able to help allies learn more about the cultural history of the community as well. A real dream come true. Because of the travel and prep work for these events, I watched far less films than I had intended to. That said, I did cross several landmark queer classics off of my list and saw some films that will stay with me for a long time. As always, you can see everything I watched plus my favorites for the month after the cut.
Human Rights Watch, independent organization dedicated to defending and protecting human rights, screens over 500 films each year through their HRW Film Festival which operates in 20 different cities. The New York City leg of the film festival runs from June 14th to June 21st at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center. It opened with Alexandria Bombach’s On Her Shoulders and features mostly films directed by women including:
- Margarita Cadenas’s Women of the Venezuelan Chaos
- Julia Bacha’s Naila and the Uprising
- Kim Hopkins’s Voices of the Sea
- Sedika Mojadidi’s Facing The Dragon
- Neary Adeline Hay’s Angkar
- Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s The Silence of Others
- Sahra Mani’s A Thousand Girls Like Me
- Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson’s TransMilitary
- Marilyn Ness’s Charm City
- Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney’s The Unafraid
If you’re in New York definitely check out some of these films over the next week and let me know what you think! I love the films from Iram Haq that I’ve seen before, so I’m particularly anxious to see her new film.