Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado was a global phenomenon. Dressed like a latino Liberace he was one of the most celebrated and beloved figures on Spanish-language television — an extravagant, outrageous, endlessly positive, gender non-conforming who dispensed horoscopes to daily TV audience that reached 150 million viewers at his peak.
One the eve of the launch on Netflix of MUCHO MUCHO an affectionate documentary on Mercado, QUEERGURU talked to the film’s co-director Kareem Tabsch about his fascination with this larger–than-life man,
TOM SHEPARD started his excellent and unsettling documentary about the plight of a handful of LGBTQ refugees in what we now wistfully call the ‘good old days’ i.e. pre 2016. Up to then this country stood by its centuries old policy of giving refugee to all those in need. His cameras show us the risks that refugees are prepared to take to escape persecution and death back home to try to be one of the lucky few that our very reluctant Administration will allow in .
Then we learn that even if they do eventually make it here, that their struggle is in fact far from over, as the system is stacked so heavily against them,
On the eve of the documentary being broadcast by PBS and the World Channel, Queerguru talked with Shepard about the impact his compelling film was making, and also about the continuing tragic queer refugee situation
P.S. You may also like to to check out Queerguru’s full review of the film