The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine [HHRC] presents the 2016 Pride Film Festival movie lineup, scheduled for Fridays in October at 7 p.m. at the Michael Klahr Center.
In honor if LGBT History Month, the Pride Film Festival encourages discussion and celebration of the LGBT community in central Maine.
The Pride Film Festival is free to attend and open to the public. Refreshments are provided and a viewer discussion will take place after each film.
All films will be shown at the Michael Klahr Center, located at 46 University Drive in Augusta.
Friday, October 7th
The Boys in the Band (1970) – Noted as a milestone in LGBTQ+ film history for its unbiased focus on the average lives of American gay men, The Boys in the Band features a group of friends enjoying a birthday party until the arrival of some unexpected visitors and a drinking game cause more harm than good.
Run Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Fire (1996) – An Indian-Canadian romantic drama that sparked a dialogue about homosexuality and freedom of speech throughout India, Fire was written and directed by Deepa Mehta. Heavily protested at its release in India in 1998, the movie tells the story of Sita and Radha who find safety from the cruelty of their husbands in each other’s arms.
Run Time: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Paragraph 175 (2000) – Alongside Jews, gypsies, and other “undesirable” community members, homosexuals were persecuted during the Holocaust. The documentary Paragraph 175 features testimony from several gay individuals, arrested for the crime of homosexuality by the Nazis during WWII in accordance with The German Criminal Code. From May 15, 1871 to March 10, 1994, Paragraph 175 stood to criminalize homosexual acts between men; the Nazi regime expanded that law, leading to the imprisonment and death of thousands.
Run Time: 1 Hour 21 Minutes
Friday, October 28th
The Danish Girl (2015) – This Academy Award winning film is based on the true story of Einar Wegener, a young artist who begins the process of transitioning to Lili Elbe after realizing that he has always identified as a woman. Set in the 1930s, The Danish Girl tells the story of one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
Run Time: 2 Hours