FIREFLIES : an Iranian gay man’s search for freedom

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  After escaping from Iran where he was persecuted for being gay, Ramin (Arash Marandi) mistakenly takes the wrong freighter out of the port and ends up stranded in Vera Cruz Mexico.  It is hardly the vibrant city that it once was and is now decaying and demoralised like so many of people who seem … Continue reading



Seeds (aka Cuernavaca) a Mexican coming-of-age story

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  After preadolescent Andy (Emilio Puente) sees his mother gets fatally shot in a random robbery, he is sent to live on the country estate of his paternal grandmother (the wonderful Carmen Maura) who he has never met before.  She is rather cold and awkward with him and brushes off any enquiries of the whereabouts … Continue reading



Boy Undone

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  Mexican filmmaker Leopoldo Laborde’s latest intriguing movie Boy Undone has been described as an excellent example of guerrilla filmmaking.  This is the term used to describe very low budget filmmaking with skeleton crews, and simple props using whatever is available. Often scenes are shot quickly in real locations without any warning, and without obtaining … Continue reading



I Dream In Another Language

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Mexican filmmaker Ernesto Contreras’s fourth feature film with a script by his brother (Carlos Contreras) is a magical mythical tale about the search for a language that is on the brink of extinction, because the last two remaining elderly speakers are bitter enemies who haven’t exchanged a word for the past 50 years. Martin (Fernando Álvarez … Continue reading



No Dress Code Required

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Probably the one thing that most irked all the local Mexican authorities who schemed to deny Victor and Fernando the right to marry, was not just because they were gay but that this totally adorable and resilient couple were so obviously two best friends who were madly in love with each other. They evidently believed that … Continue reading



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