Watch Now: #FiveFilms4Freedom from London LGBT Film Festival

Watch Now: #FiveFilms4Freedom from London LGBT Film Festival

For the first time ever, a small online film festival will take place through the British Film Institute from March 19-29th. The event is a nearly worldwide phenomenon, being featured in over 70 countries around the globe, and anyone in any of those countries will be able to view five short films from BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. The five films come from a range of gay, lesbian, and transgender filmmakers from around the world and they feature stories about things like first love to documentaries that focus on certain aspects of LGBT activism.

BFI director Alan Gemmell said most gay people remembered watching a film or seeing something that helped them in their lives. “I hope this endeavor will do that in places where it is hard to see that content, where you might be lonely or scared. What we’ve really done is select a bunch of films I think are about love – young love, older love, unrequited love and learning what love is. We’re saying that love is a basic human right and it is something we all share.” In a world where 78 countries outlaw homosexuality and about 10 others are punishable by death, it’s a really bold and fantastic way to showcase LGBT stories in the film medium, which is a universal landmark of storytelling. What’s also universal are love and sexuality, and launching a global film festival like this is really exciting for people to digest new stories that deal with queer struggles.

The five films chosen are Chance, which follows two older men with troubled pasts finding love after a chance encounter in a park; Code Academy, about a girl masquerading as a boy in cyberspace to get the girl of her dreams, but can’t manage to do so in real life; Morning is Broken, a coming of age drama set in the English countryside that follows a young man dealing with his sexuality after his older brother’s wedding; True Wheel, a documentary about a Detroit bicycle workshop for the city’s gay, transgender and women’s communities; and An Afternoon, a Danish short about a teenage boy trying to find the courage to tell his male friend how much he fancies him.

Tomorrow on March 25th, fiveFilms4freedom encourages everyone to check out these shorts to show that love is a a basic human right by joining people everywhere to watch one of the films online. Even if you don’t catch them on that particular day, you can still watch the films by clicking here.