More Films for Freedom

Building on the success of Five Films For Freedom, the annual digital programme run by the British Council and BFI, More Films For Freedom brings you three new commissioned short films exploring LGBTIQ+ stories. The films were made by British, Syrian, Palestinian and South African filmmakers.

We're making them available online throughout the summer, when many Pride celebrations have been postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way of linking and celebrating LGBTIQ+ communities everywhere.

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This year’s pilot programme supports creative collaborations exploring LGBTIQ+ themes. The three selected projects showcase a breadth of distinctive filmmaking voices and explore diverse themes including sexuality and conflict, intergenerational gay culture, migration and family ties.

We invite audiences everywhere to watch one film each month in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited.

Want to know more about the films?

NOWHERE, UK with Palestinian collaboration

Available to view from 15 June – 14 July

20 mins

Nowhere (2020), directed by Christopher Manning

Director | Christopher Manning

Producer | Garry Paton

Co-Producers | Laura Samara and Baher Agbariya

‘You are stronger than you think, trust me.’

A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, discovering the truth behind his exiled existence.

THE MEN WHO SPEAK GAYLE, UK with African collaboration

Available to view from 15 July – 14 August

10 mins

The Men who Speak Gayle (2020) directed by Andrew Brukman

Director | Andrew Brukman

Writer | Nathan Kennedy

Producers | Thembisa Cochrane and Georgie Paget

‘Welcome to The Greatest Diva Show and Gayle Language Comedy.’

Young drag performer Nathan is one o the last people to speak Gayle – a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid.

LET MY BODY SPEAK, UK with Syrian collaboration

Available to view from 15 August – 14 September

10 mins

Let My Body Speak (2020), directed by Madonna Adib

Director | Madonna Adib

Producer | Noe Mendelle

‘When I left Syria, my body became my only land.’

Our bodies store memories. The body does not forget. A childhood in Damascus, OCD, the revolution, falling in love with a woman. My body remembers.

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