Saturday, 7 June 08: Documentaries Screening- "Dangerous Living" and "Shalom in the home"


Documentaries screening
“Dangerous Living” and “Shalom in the home”

Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World, is a feature-length documentary that explores the immense changes that occurred for gays, lesbians and transgender people living in the Global South. In the last decade of the 20th Century, a new heightened visibility began spreading throughout the developing world and the battles between families, fundamentalist religions, and governments around sexual and gender identity had begun. But in the West, few people knew about this historic social upheaval, until 52 men on Cairo’s Queen Boat discothèque were arrested for crimes of debauchery. That explosive story focused attention to the lives and trials of gay people coming out in the developing world and the film chronicles those events.

Dangerous Living opens with one of the Cairo 52 defendant’s, Ashraf Zanati, who was tortured, humiliated, beaten and forced to spend 13 months in prison. His simple, but powerful statement sets out the basic theme for the film: “My sexuality is my own sexuality. It doesn’t belong to anybody. Not to my government, not to my brother, my sister, my family. No.”

Directed by John Scagliotti and Produced by Janet Baus and Dan Hunt. Executive Producer is Reid Williams. Major sponsor includes The H. van Ameringen Foundation.

2) Shalom in the home

“Shalom in the home” is a series about a Rabbi counselling couples with problems dealing with family life.

This particular episode features a lesbian couple who are having issues with one of their 2 daughters. One of the two mums, her father is a civil-rights lawyer, but could not accept her daughter is lesbian. In order to prove to people that gay people are capable of being good parents, she ended up pushing her own daughter too hard.

Without letting on too much – basically this episode focuses on the effects that a homophobic society have on gay people such that the downstream effects can hurt our own children at the end of the day. (This was shown on CableTV in March 2007)
As this event is by invitation only, prior registration is required. To sign up, please email [pelangipridecentre at yahoo dot com] to RSVP with your name, contact number and the name/s of your guests.
Date: 7 June 2008 (Sat)
Time: 4pm
Venue: Pelangi Pride Centre – 54 Rowell Road (in Little India)

Cost: $6 (cost of 2 soft drinks and finger food)
Directions to the new PPC:

Come into Hindoo Road from Jalan Besar. Look for tall HDB block 639 at the end of the road. Corner terrace house with grapevines growing. Come in from the back door.