Watch #FiveFilms4Freedom now!
21st March 2018
We've made five short films with LGBTQ+ themes available for the world to watch online for free
The world’s widest-reaching LGBTQ+ online film campaign returns with distinctive voices from around the globe, featuring a transgender teenager dealing with discrimination and abuse in a Canadian school, gay farmers in the UK, a feisty young woman living in India exploring her burgeoning sexuality, a Korean man who receives an unexpected visit, and a Greek goldfish called Tom Daley.
Working in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, we have made five LGBTQ+-themed short films available for the world to watch online for free from 21 March to 1 April. The line-up of films, which showcases work by emerging filmmakers from across the globe, has been selected from BFI Flare's programme.
On 26 March, a coordinated effort from our global network of over 100 countries will encourage people to watch the films in solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited. The campaign will ask audiences to share the films using the hashtag #FiveFilms4Freedom in recognition of the fact that Love is a Human Right.
Last year the films were viewed 1.8 million times by people in 202 countries and principalities, including parts of the world where homosexuality is criminalised and, in some cases, punishable by the death penalty.
Introducing the 2018 #FiveFilms4Freedom
Dir. Karishma Dev Dube | 13 minutes
Feisty teenager Tara goes against family and tradition by pursuing her attraction to housemaid Devi. When they are caught together at a dinner party, Tara must suddenly define who she really is.
Watch an interview with director Karishma Dev Dube
Dir. Yorgos Angelopoulos | 10 minutes
Stratis’s seventh birthday turns sour when he reveals to his father that he has named his new goldfish after Tom Daley.
Watch an interview with director Yorgos Angelopoulos
Handsome & Majestic (Canada)
Dir. Jeff Lee Petry and Nathan Drillot | 12 minutes
In the face of discrimination from his peers and teachers at school, a young trans boy from the rural city of Prince George in British Columbia becomes a role model and advocate for trans people in his small community and beyond.
Watch Handsome & Majestic
Watch an interview with directors Jeff Lee Petry and Nathan Drillot
Dir. Matt Houghton | 11 minutes
A short documentary about the only helpline in the UK for gay farmers. Through recorded telephone conversations and reconstructed visuals, the film uses the helpline as a lens through which to view the often isolated experiences of LGBTQ+ people in the British farming community.
Watch an interview with director Matt Houghton
Uninvited (South Korea)
Dir. Seung Yeob Lee | 20 minutes
When Jungho’s mother visits his new place unannounced, he must hurriedly hide all traces of his live-in boyfriend.
Watch an interview with director Seung Yeob Lee