Today, as the Rendez-vous de la fierté Acadie Love festival takes place in Caraquet, New Brunswick, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is launching a brand-new selection of more than 40 LGBTQ2+-themed titles online. Comprising recent films as well as key works produced beginning in the 1990s, the collection is available from anywhere in the world, free of charge, at NFB.ca/LGBTQ2+ (English titles) and ONF.ca/LGBTQ2+ (French titles). These documentaries and animated films illustrate various challenges and issues experienced by these communities over the years, amid evolving social attitudes.
The promotional video for the LGBTQ2+ channel is available here.
Notable films in the collection include:
A Short Film About Tegan and Sara (Ann Marie Fleming, 2018)
Tegan and Sara’s remarkable journey over the past 20 years has often intersected with notions of identity-as artists, as individuals, as sisters, as queer women, and as leading activists in the LGBTQ2+ community.
Last Chance (Paul Émile d’Entremont, 2012)
This powerful documentary tells the stories of five asylum seekers who flee their native countries to escape homophobic violence.
Cure for Love (Francine Pelletier and Christina Willings, 2008)
This feature documentary takes a look at a controversial evangelical movement that purports to convert gay people into heterosexuals.
Men for Sale (Rodrigue Jean, 2008)
In this hard-hitting documentary, male sex-trade workers share their struggles to survive and their troubled pasts.
First Stories – Two Spirited (Sharon A. Desjarlais, 2007)
The empowering story of Rodney “Geeyo” Poucette’s struggle against prejudice in the Indigenous community as a two-spirited person (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender).
Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman, 1992)
This funny, heartbreaking, and empowering documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century.
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