The Toronto LGBT Film Festival (known on the streets of Toronto as Inside Out) is at it again; changing attitudes and consequently changing lives, one inspiring movie at a time.
Running from Thursday, May 23rd to Sunday, June 2nd, the fest will feature a host of fantastic films – including international documentaries on what it’s like being LGBT in other parts of the world, movies starring A-list Hollywood actors, and shorts on various themes.
Here’s a rundown of the four films we’re dying to watch at this year’s Inside Out…
Caught in a practically impossible predicament, main character Jack is forced to chose between his family and his lover. A drama exploring the lack of federal marriage rights for bi-national LGBT couples in the US, this tearful tale exposes the challenging, often ugly things we must do on our quest for happiness.
Exploring what it means to be LGBT in Katmandu, Nepal, Soongava: Dance of The Orchids tells the story of dancer Diya, who falls in love with fellow female Kiran just when her family has found her a man to marry. Hindu traditions viciously clash with modern visceral desires, demonstrating the unwillingness of many societies to accept same-sex relations.
A Canadian coming-of-age story of a girl trying to find her way, this film demonstrates how regardless of the choices we make, love, loss and conflict are all an inevitable part of life. In it, three possible futures for outspoken lesbian Ryan are played out. Although each scenario differs significantly, the common thread is that they all contain heartwarming highs and distressing lows.
This feel-good documentary revolves around Roman and Nyro, nine-year-old twins who have two dads as parents… and wouldn’t want it any other way. Filled with footage of the boys growing up as well as interviews with their dads (Hall of Fame songwriter Desmond Child and his partner Curtis Shaw Child) as well as their surrogate mom Angela, it’s a refreshing take on what it really means to be a family.