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LGBTQA People of Color

Hijos del silencio (Sons of Silence)

Documents the cultural silences that affect safe sex practices of young gay Latinos in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes interviews with young gay men about their families, coming out and sex. 2001. 36 min.

Honored by the Moon.

Native American lesbians and gay men talk about their lives, speaking of the unique historical and spiritual role of gays and lesbians in pre-Western Indian culture, and of the sacredness associated with being lesbian or gay and having the special power as "connectors" in bridging the worlds of male and female. 1990. 15 min.

How Do I Look?

A documentary capturing the Harlem "Ball" traditions that originated in the 70's, an historically off shot from the Harlem "Drag Balls" from the 20's. Because of the loss of hundreds of members of the "Ball" community to the HIV epidemic, this film records an important aspect of the history and legacy of the event. Focuses primarily on the icon and legends Pepper Labeija, Willi Ninja, Tracy Africa, Kevin Omni and Octavia St. Laurent, who took their talents outside the "Ball" community successfully and opened many doors for their community. Produced and directed by Wolfgang Busch. c2006.

I Got This Way from Eating Rice

Three films by Nguyen Tan Hoang dealing with the intersection of the Asian American race and homosexuality. 7 Steps to Sticky Heaven (1995, 24 min.): A documentary of interviews with a group of young gay Asian men in San Francisco on a range of subjects. Forever Jimmy! (1995, 6 min.): As a reaction to the lack of sexy Asian men in U.S. media, the film inserts Asian male pop stars into films in a barrage of seductive, fast edits and pornographic intertitles.

I Shall Not Be Removed: The Life of Marlon Riggs.

A film biography of Marlon Riggs, the gifted, gay, black filmmaker who produced documentary films addressing issues of identity among Afro-Americans and gays. Clips from his films show how he evolved a unique experimental documentary style, mixing poetry, criticism, the personal and the political. It also documents his long battle against AIDS until his death in 1994 and includes interviews with family, friends, and co-workers. 1996. 58 min.
Reviews and articles:Interview with Marlon Riggs from JumpCut Magazine

I'll Love You When You're More Like Me: Selected Videos (1996-2000)

Four films by Nguyen Tan Hoang exploring queer Asian American's engagement with popular culture. Forever Linda! (1996, 12 min.): Presents a series of daydreams of a queer Asian American teenager centering around the figure of supermodel Linda Evangelista. Cover Girl, a Gift from God (2000, 18 min.): Profiles Dalena, a blond, blue-eyed American singer who is a Vietnamese American pop star. The focus is on her reception by Vietnamese-American fans who through her music, seek to preserve a memory of what it means to be Vietnamese while living in America.

Jagadamba: Mother of the Universe

Tells the story of a queer transracial adoptee and her healing journey through music. Amber Field was born in Korea in 1975 and adopted by a white American woman. Through her stories and powerful music, she shows that transforming family relations is possible. Written, produced and directed by Amber Field. 10 min.

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket.

Presents a look at author James Baldwin's life as reflected in his own words and reminiscences of family and friends. 1989. 87 min.


Directed by Cheryl Dunye. The story of a black lesbian's relationship with a white, upper middle class high school girl. 1990. 9 min.

Just a Love Thang.

Three sensual vignettes portraying aspects of Asian Pacific lesbian lifestyles and concerns. Written, produced and directed by Mari Keiko Gonzalez. 1994. 7 min.