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#FiveFilms4Freedom 2019

21st March - 31st March 2019

Until 31 March: five short films with LGBTQ+ themes available for the world to watch online for free.

#FiveFilms4Freedom returns for a fifth year.

The world’s widest-reaching LGBTQ+ online film campaign returns from 21– 31 March bringing distinctive voices from around the globe to screens wherever you are. Working in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, the line-up of films, which showcases work by emerging filmmakers from across the globe, has been selected from BFI Flare's programme.

This year’s collection presents a range of thought-provoking stories, including one made under the guidance of legendary filmmaker, Werner Herzog. In the visually mesmerising Carlito Se Va Para Siempre, a man is forced to choose between his lover and his community in rural Peru. Director, Quentin Lazzarotto, made the short after Herzog challenged a group of emerging filmmakers to produce a film in the heart of the Amazonian jungle.

Two UK films are included in this year’s programme. Ladies Day focuses on a young lesbian trying to navigate uncomfortable conversations in a Sheffield hair salon. Crashing Waves, from director Emma Gilbertson, is an experimental dance piece depicting the tenderness and brutality of a complicated relationship.

Intersex rights activist Pidgeon Pagonis is the star of A Normal Girl, by award-winning director Aubree Bernier-Clarke. In this vital film Pagonis – whose activism was recognised by the Obama administration - candidly discusses the discovery in their late teens that their intersex condition had been hidden from them.

From Iceland, ÉG, is a moving yet exhilarating drama, following a teen breaking away from societal expectations after a visit to a gender identity clinic. Vala Ómarsdóttir and Hallfríður Thora Tryggvadóttir are the creative duo behind the film.

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.

Since the project began, 10 million people have viewed the films in over 200 countries and principalities, including parts of the world where homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty.

Find out more about the films and filmmakers below.

Crashing Waves (UK)
Dir. Emma Gilbertson | 4 minutes

Two young working class men explore the intimacy and vulnerability of relationships in a combative dance against the backdrop of an inner city estate, risking all under the scrutiny of a tight knit, ever judging community.

Watch an interview with director Emma Gilbertson

Carlito se va para siempre/Carlito Leaves Forever (Peru/France)
Dir. Quentin Lazzarotto | 7 minutes

A short poetic film following Carlito, a young man living in an indigenous village at theheart of the Amazonian jungle, who decided to leave and change his life forever.

Watch an interview with director Quentin Lazzarotto

Ladies Day (UK)
Dir. Abena Taylor-Smith | 8 minutes 30 seconds

Amma, a young, black lesbian, spends the day in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon full of fun, sheen spray, gossip and laughter - but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?

Watch an interview with director Abena Taylor-Smith

EG/I (Iceland)
Dir. Halla Tryggvadottir and Vala Ómarsdóttir  | 15 minutes

A young trans person living in a small town travels to the city searching for the freedom to be their self.

Watch an interview with director Hallfríður Thora Tryggvadottir

A Normal Girl (USA)
Dir. Aubree Bernier-Clarke| 13 minutes 30 seconds

1.5% of people are born with anatomy that doesn’t fit typical definitions of female or male. It is common practice for doctors to perform genital surgeries on intersex infants--often with disastrous results. A Normal Girl brings the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light, through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.

Watch an interview with director Aubree Bernier-Clarke