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
With so much of PRIDE month being celebrated online this year out if necessity it is giving us a wealth of excellent programming ……. and most of it free. Next week PBS are mounting a screening of UNSETTLED Tim Shepard’s powerful message about the plight of LGBTQ refugees. Prior to that to mark World … Continue reading
The celebrated 78-year-old playwright TERRENCE MCNALLY has enjoyed such a packed life with his roller-coaster career and a love life that itself could be the stuff that dramas are made off, so it was a tough challenge for filmmaker JEFF KAUFMAN to squeeze it all into 90 so minutes the length of his new profile. The end result is an affectionate and … Continue reading
PBS have just announced that Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor‘s compelling portrayal of the legendary Texas Governor Ann Richards, will screen on Friday, June 19 at 9 p.m Richards a Democrat and only the 2nd women Governor of that State, brought a vitality and outrageousness to the governorship that Texans had not seen in decades. A fervent … Continue reading
Openly gay composer and lyricist William Finn’s stunning Tony Award winning show Falsettos that he wrote with James Lapine is actually made up of the 2nd two parts of a musical trilogy about one man’s journey that started out so full of hope. It’s the story of Marvin who quits his wife and young son … Continue reading