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BIFFlix: Gun Hill Road Sept 22nd

BIFFlix’s re-scheduled screening of “Gun Hill Road” on 22 September 2011 will feature a informal discussion with representatives from Two Words and a Comma campaign. The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Tradewinds Auditorium at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) on Crow Lane in Hamilton.

“A moving and enlightening exploration of the conflicts between identity, desire, cultural expectations, and family ties.” Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix. Click here to view trailer.

After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales, La Bamba) returns home to the Bronx to find the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes, Scrubs), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation to “Vanessa” that is well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding.

Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr., The Wire), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom. For Michael, it’s a coming out tale where he is forced to deal with verbal abuse at school, a new relationship that seems more about sexual experimentation than love, and most centrally a parent who simply can’t accept the change.

Can a father’s fierce love for his family overcome his street-hardened ideas about manhood and end the vicious cycle controlling his life? Gun Hill Road is a film about discovering that who you are and who you want to be aren’t always the same and then challenging yourself to change that truth.

Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s first feature film is an intricate portrait of a family divided told with sensitivity, gentle humor, and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people. Click here for an interesting interview with the director in Filmmaker magazine.

Two Words and a Comma are (just about) all it would take to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. But Bermuda has yet to make that simple amendment since the Human Rights Act first became law in 1981. Click here to learn more about the organization and campaign. Stay for the discussion afterwards!

Film rated R for strong sexual content, language and some violence.

Tickets are available in advance on www.tickets.biff.bm or at the door on the day from 5:30 p.m. Tickets are price at $9 for BIFF members and $13 for non-members. For reservations or enquiries email programming@biff.bm.

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