El Canto del Colibrí

World Premiere

Expected to attend: Director Marco Castro–Bojorquez, Producer Jose Alfaro

In this intimate and deeply personal documentary, immigrant Latino fathers across the country recount the impact of their children’s coming out. Bay Area filmmaker Marco Castro-Bojorquez (Tres Gota de Agua, Frameline35) continues a candid conversation about LGBTQ issues that are often stifled in Latino communities, where a culture of machismo still prevails.

While letting sons and daughters expose their struggles in asserting their identity within oppressive families and communities, the film also allows fathers to speak frankly about their conflicts and fears; they reflect on their own experiences as sons in troubled households and open up about their stumbles down the path of rebuilding family bonds while striving toward a renewed perspective of love and understanding.

Through raw, heartfelt testimonies, these families delve deeply into issues of immigration, prejudice, and isolation, while thoughtfully asking questions of their communities, culture, and even their religious beliefs. The result is a powerful lesson on acceptance, solidarity, and humility, in a film that heals and inspires.

— Julia Barbosa

Mamis: A Family Portrait
DIR Virginia Fuentes 2013 Cuba, UK, Spain 19 min
In Spanish with English subtitles

In Cuba, where their access to adoption and assisted reproduction is prohibited, lesbians who want to be mothers face extra challenges as they try to realize their dreams. Exploring ideas of personal rebellion, Mamis reveals that there is often a way to get around the rules.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: D303

Co-presented by:
Brown Boi Project
Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Family Acceptance Project – San Francisco State University
Lambda Legal
PFLAG San Francisco
Somos Familia

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