The mountain beauty of Paramin village in Trinidad and Tobago, along with the pulsating rhythm of Carnival, serves as a backdrop to this story where aspirations and obsession collide. Headstrong eighteen-year-old Gregory is studying furiously to obtain a scholarship in medicine so he can one day provide for his family. Amidst academic and home pressures, Gregory manages to pursue creative passions: photography, dance, and theatre. It is during one of his enthralling stage performances that wealthy, married businessman James takes a keen interest in him.
Often reduced to racist stereotypes like the model minority, kung fu master, or desexualized nerd, this documentary from Francis Luta features East, South East, and South Asian men from the greater Toronto area openly discussing struggles with both internal and external racism in the queer community and beyond. The ideal—muscular, masculine, and White—is implied when one interviewee points out the common disclaimer “no fatties, no femmes, no Asians” seen on gay dating apps. Project Gelb critically and frankly examines Asian masculinities and why it’s not simply “just a preference.”
Project Gelb | Francis Luta | Canada | 2014 | 43 min
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Project Gelb is preceded by the story of twelve queer and trans elders responding to ten questions about aging, visibility, and the social change they’ve been a part of. With responses that are inspiring, funny, and at times heartbreaking, this short doc engages with a diverse group that includes locals Pat Hogan, Bill Richardson, Bradford McIntyre, and Glenn Saunders.
Older than What? | Steen Starr | Canada | 2017 | 13 min
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