Gay Chorus Deep South

Director: David Charles Rodrigues
2019 | USA | 98m
GENRE: Aging/Elders | Discrimination | Documentary | Gay | Human Rights | Local Interest/Subjects | Music/Music Videos | Parenting/Family | Racism | Transgender
SECTION: Closing Night | Documentary
Expected Guests: Director David Charles Rodrigues, Producer Bud Johnston

To combat the reemergence of anti-LGBTQ+ laws brought upon by the Trump era, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus boldly toured areas of the southern United States, bringing their message of love and inclusion for everyone. In 2017, joined by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the SFGMC toured areas of the southern United States with the most discriminatory anti-LGBTQ+ laws, including Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. Director David Charles Rodrigues combines modern-day truths with historical perspective to chronicle this intense, moving, and inspirational journey.

As the diverse group treks through the South, the film focuses on individual stories with universal implications. Many chorus members return to cities that they fled decades before, uncovering surprising changes and heartbreaking new realities. By going directly to areas where they are least likely to be accepted, the chorus members use one-to-one human connections and the healing power of music to foster change. Fueled by powerful live performances and colorful characters, this dynamic documentary captures the heart and soul of a contemporary civil rights movement.

— BRENDAN PETERSON

SPONSORED BY
Airbnb / San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus