Updated: Jun 14
Thankfully, there has been a tremendous rise in LGBTQ movies in 2020 due to the accessibility of watching indie movies on streaming platforms across the internet. Audiences were experiencing gay and lesbian storylines flourish within the media, and the diversity brought more open discussions to change the future for younger viewers to come. 'God's Own Country' 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' and 'Dating Amber' were all moving pieces that viewers raved about on our screens. As it's that wonderful month of the year we take pride in fighting for equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queers, I have listed some inspiring movies you can seek out, directed by females, to get behind the movement and show your support across cinema.
This film draws upon ones affection from a young age. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) start a same-sex love affair, hidden from their Kenyan families and friends. Not only is a tense drama, as homosexuality is still illegal in the African nation, but the story leaves you gripped for the young girls own desires and wants. A Kenyan court even decided that the film would continue to be banned in the country, giving the movie an empowering voice behind the relationship to it's viewers. It's beautifully shot, with bold colours across the hills of Kenya, a well deserved picture to become the second highest-grossing Kenyan film of all time.
CARMEN AND LOLA (2018)
This Spanish film leaves you flustered between the romance of Madrids alley ways. Lola (Zaira Romero) meets Carmen (Rosy Rodríguez) kick off an instant connection when first introduced. But the long haired beauty Carmen is engaged to Lola’s cousin Rafa. It's a harsh reality for them both living with the Romain community, repeating their family traditions year in year out, with no choices of their own. Both performances from the actresses make this a heart warming tale, one you can't help but feel desperate for their own path to live freely within their lives.
Being a 22-year-old sex worker who yearns for affection on the streets, Félix Maritaud plays the role of Leo, a lonely wild sole in this piece. With no address, eating from scarps in the rubbish bins, he has sex with men in France to make peace with his own mind. The harsh realities of Leo’s life is thrown upside down when he falls for fellow hustler Ahd. But when his romantic feelings are violently rebuffed, Leo begins to spiral out of control, questioning if he will ever find the love he so desperately craves.
AHEAD OF THE CURVE (2020)
The world’s best-selling lesbian magazine was founded by a 23-year-old and this film is based on the true story of Franco Stevens, one of the most influential women in lesbian history, and the founding publisher of Curve Magazine. The movie has a sense of togetherness, explaining the journey and dedication Stevens went on to activate the movement of getting publication. There's also an underlying theme of mystery, something she gives off within her confidence. Decades later, her legacy faces extinction and she reassesses her life in the title after a disabling injury, and sets out to communicate being led by the queer women of today.
This gripping tale takes you back to, 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the apartheid regime. The threat of communism is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit. The film is brutal and well delivered in it's perfection of camera techniques and angles. Hiding their love from danger, it has you clinging for the mens lives about the stigma of being gay in a firmly judgmental environment.