Realness & Revelations

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Love is constant; how we love is unique. From vogue to poetry, from the cotillion to the club, from South Africa to São Paulo, these Black and brown queer stories celebrate how culture shapes the way we love.



Heaven Reaches Down to Earth

DIRECTOR Tebogo Malebogo | 2020 | South Africa | 10m | In Southern Sotho, Zulu, and English with English subtitles

After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo. Nothing will ever be the same between them. Watch Trailer


DIRECTOR Natalie Jasmine Harris | 2020 | USA | 12m

On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity. Watch Trailer

Little Sky (小天)

DIRECTOR Jess X. Snow | 2021 | USA/Canada | 14m | In English and Chinese with English subtitles | World Premiere

Chinese American pop star and drag sensation Sky (Wo Chan) returns to the city they were raised in to find their estranged immigrant father. Haunted by their childhood memories, Sky risks their non-binary identity to end the cycle of violence in their family.


DIRECTORS Nay Mendl, Rosa Caldeira, Vita Pereira, & Stheffany Fernanda | 2020 | Brazil | 20m | In Portuguese with English subtitles | North American Premiere

Luz and Denise grow up in the midst of the adversities of being LGBTQ+ in the city of São Paulo. Between vogue and poetry, from church to city access, the dreams and uncertainties of youth flood their existences. Watch Trailer

More Happiness

DIRECTOR Livia Huang | 2021 | USA | 13m | In Chinese with English subtitles

In a late-night conversation, a young woman asks her mother about the simple and complicated notions of love and happiness. Her mother’s response unearths and reexamines fragmented memories of an old flame. Watch Trailer

Closets ( Almariyaan)

DIRECTOR Jiya Bhardwaj | 2020 | India | 18m | In Hindi and English with English subtitles | US Premiere

A middle-class Indian couple work on learning and accepting their son’s sexuality to create comfortable ground for him to come out of “the closet,” but when the actual truth comes out, they can’t come to terms with it.

Noor & Layla

DIRECTOR Fawzia Mirza | 2021 | Canada | 13m

Noor and Layla are breaking up. Is it the end of the road for these two Muslim women… or is it just the beginning?

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 8:00pm PDT Tue, Jun 22.

San Francisco Pride

Center for Asian American Media, 
Oakland LGBT Center