QDoc Film Festival
The Abominable Crime
with special guest
Film subject and international LGBT rights advocate
- Kennedy School Theater |
- Friday, May 16, 2014
- 7 p.m. |
- $10 per person; $8 students & seniors with ID; Free youth 23 & under; $75 festival pass |
- All ages welcome
Tickets on sale now!
About QDoc Film Festival
QDoc is the only festival in the United States, and only the second in the world, devoted exclusively to Queer Documentaries. More than a screening series – it is a fun, inspiring, and community-building event. Filmmaker attendance is a big part of the mix, with guests joining us from around the world to discuss their work. The Clinton Street neighborhood, with its numerous cafes and restaurants, becomes a mini queer district during the long weekend, enhancing the social aspects of the festival.
Founded in 2007, the Festival has been presented each year in cooperation with the Portland Q Center, whose mission is to increase the visibility of, and foster connection within, metropolitan Portland LGBTQ community.
About The Abominable Crime
The Abominable Crime, at heart, is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s troubled love for his country. It also gives voice to gay Jamaicans who, in the face of endemic anti-gay violence, are forced to flee their homeland.
Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaica’s leading human-rights activist, is outed shortly after filing a lawsuit challenging his country’s anti-sodomy law. After receiving a flood of death threats, he escapes to Canada, then risks everything to return to continue his activism.
Simone Edwards, a young lesbian single mother, survives a brutal anti-gay shooting. Now she must choose between hiding with her daughter in Jamaica in constant fear for their lives or escaping alone to seek safety and asylum abroad. Told firsthand as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotionally gripping journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians, and offer an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
Director: Micah Fink
OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon