HELEM Montreal (an acronym for “Lebanese protection for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans individuals”) is a grass-roots organization that provides support to queer refugees arriving from Arab countries. Director Eli Jean Tahchi positions a series of cassette-tape recordings sent to HELEM from Arab LGBT individuals; each tape is a letter, a request for support and asylum in Canada in order to escape persecution and homophobic violence. Tahchi’s creative background spans fashion photography to experimental film, making The Migrant Mixtape as visually striking as it is critically engaging.
The Migrant Mixtape | Eli Jean Tahchi | Canada | 2017 | 22 min
In this autobiographical short doc, director Rama Luksiarto faces his past internalized homophobia as he reflects on his experience as a gay Asian man and immigrant.
Crossing Bridges | Rama Luksiarto | Canada | 2017 | 20 min
Crossing Bridges director Rama Luksiarto is joined by Rainer Oktovianus and members of the Rainbow Refugee Committee in a post- film panel.
This presentation is part of Migrant Voices, presented by: Carl Meadows and Les Dick
Screening Sponsors: Modo the Car Co-op