Films & Movies

China Dolls (Lindfield, N.S.W. Film Australia, 1997)

Director: Tony Ayres.

China Dolls probes the uncomfortable reality of racial stereotyping and discrimination in the gay world through interviews with Asian men who talk frankly, and often humorously, of their experiences of living within a “double minority.”

Milind Soman Made Me Gay (Tilotama Productions, 2007)

Director: Harjant Gill.

“Milind Soman Made Me Gay” is a conceptual documentary about desire and notions of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements along with voice over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker’s past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora.

Tal Como Somos/ As We Are (Juneteenth Productions, 2007)

Director: Judith McCray.

Tal Como Somos (Just as we are) examines the impact of stigma on gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals trying to live and identify differently than others in a traditional culture that values religion, machismo, and family.

The Hunting Season (GLBO, 1989)

Director: Rita Moreira.

Brazil’s gay and lesbian population are being slaughtered in a ghastly series of hate crimes. Intercutting scenes from Hollywood movies (The Deer Hunter and Cruising), director Moreira stops people on the streets of Sao Paolo for a quick health check on the state of the nation. “They should be killed,” is the most common reply.

Transgression (A10 Films, 2011)

Directors: TJ Barber, Toni Marzal, Morgan Hargrave and Daniel Rotman.

Transgression focuses on transgender immigrants to the United States and their experiences in the American immigration detention system.

Two Spirits (Riding the Tiger Productions, 2011)

Director: Lydia Nibley.

“Two Spirits” interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.