Perras is a Mexican drama film directed by Guillermo Díaz on 2011. It’s based on a play with the same name.
Ushpizin is a movie about a married couple, Mali and Moshe, who are struggling financially. Moshe is a rabbi, but after missing several meetings, he was not given the stipend he was expecting, and it seemed as though all hope was lost. The Jewish holiday Sukkot was quickly approaching, and the couple had no money to pay their rent, much less buy anything to prepare for Sukkot. Moshe and Mali prayed for God 's help, and miraculously, their luck turned around. A man anonymously gives them $1000, and a friend gives Moshe a sukkah, a temporary dwelling used during Sukkot to commemorate the 40 years the Jews spent wandering the desert in the Bible. Moshe is able to pay the rent and buy the four species needed to properly celebrate the holiday.
In, “Not Just (Any) Body Can Be a Citizen”, author M. Jacqui Alexander explores, examines and expounds on the socio-political forces and machinations which have influenced the legislation in Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas, regarding specific sexual identities and manifestations. Primarily using the laws of both countries pertaining to sexual offenses, she discusses how homosexuality and other non-reproductive sexual acts and lifestyles have been outlawed in both nations. In her argument, she outlines how persons of such alternative lifestyles (including herself) have been carefully constructed as deviant, immoral and ultimately destructive to the moral and social fiber of the country. They are counterproductive to the state-imagined heteronormative, civilized state and, as such, must be criminalized and prohibited from enacting such “unnatural” behavior within the general society. More specifically, however,
When we think about the villains Disney cinema produces, the first image that comes to mind is the powerful women who use their magic to cast spells, summon forces greater than life, and enhance their agency. Often, identifying the villain in Disney films is easy, since they differ considerably from gender conforming characters due to their physical features, abilities, and style of dress. When examining the villain, one of the characteristics that stand out, is the villains’ dehumanization and non-heteronormativity. As a result, the villains’ stories may not adhere to idealistic social norms, but it’s their own just the same.
Though they are friends, the lives of Pedro Machuca and Gonzalo Infante differ drastically in many aspects including family life, the luxuries they can afford, and the political affiliations chosen by their families. All of which relate to the common everyday life of Chilean citizens during the Allende Presidency, and the Pinochet Dictatorship implemented after the coup d'etat. During this time, the civil unrest never ceased, and life for chileans was generally either good or bad based on social status, income, and party affiliation. Both Machuca and Infante are classic examples of the division inequality of life amongst Chileans, with Machuca being a poor boy who lived in a shanty town, having very little education, and owning very few possessions. Where as Infante is wealthy, has a high end private education, and can afford to buy various luxury items such as brand name shoes and food for his family.
The Laramie Project is initially a play that revolved around the town Laramie, Wyoming. Written by Moises Kaufman, he derives reactions and interviews from certain citizens of Laramie about the murder of a gay student Matthew Shepard. This play was later adapted to a film that we’ve recently completed. In this short and simple review, you will understand how I felt about the film, along with dissecting the film itself to understanding why Kaufman decided to write about the murder in Laramie.
Welcome to cinematic studies, accredited by the national top radio station, 666. I’m your host, Gurki Gill and todays show will be featuring an Australian director, Wayne Blair. Today we’ll be taking about an Australian iconic indigenous film, The Sapphires and its historical context.
Tongues Untied (Riggs, 1989) is an award winning documentary by Marlon Riggs with the assistance of many other homosexual black men. The documentary put poems together to recreate an image of what it was like to grow up as a homosexual black man during the 80's. Men in the film spoke about the discrimination they had to face on everyday bases. They were called names like faggot, homo, and punk, but if they kept silent about being homosexual they felt like the silence was just as impairing. Some even reveal that they were treated as a threat or invisible. The film also shows how black homosexuals were able to meet one another in places like gay bars or gay pride meetings and rallies. Each city had their own particular way of how homosexual men interacted. All of them came together in the end to march in the gay pride parade. They risked their life to AIDS to fight for who they really were. Every sexual encounter with another man gave risk to catching AIDS. The film ended with obituaries of men who had fallen victim to AIDS (Riggs, 1889).
Society is shaped by a number of different forces and factors. Inevitably, these forces come together to construct the life of the individual. In this essay, C.W. Mills’ sociological imagination will be discussed. A personal problem,homosexuality, and a social issue, homosexuality, will be highlighted. In concluding the essay, a reflection on the usefulness of the sociological imagination will be offered.
Even time, one of the most seemingly constant things in life is relative. Within this relative space is queer time. The queer movement has had its own timeline and relationship with time both within and outside of the dominant timeline. Unlike in the dominant culture in which one’s past remains in the past and the future is always progress, queer time constantly looks simultaneously forward and backward, appreciating the importance of the past for the creation of the future. This more fluid definition of time is demonstrated through editing and framing in “Hollywood Je T’aime” and the historical basis of “A Slacker and Delinquent in Basketball Shoes” as is the idea that people are not forgotten, simply because they are in the past.
Depending on the social atmosphere, an individual surrounds themselves in, will determine their orientation and identity at that particular time, she asserts herself as bisexual, reinforcing the “new gay” identity. Lastly, the third woman in the chapter demonstrates the notion of non-conformity, that, though she identifies as lesbian, her identity does not conform to any particular binary system. (Stein 1997, p 47-65) Stein’s display of these individuals is intriguing; the three stories relate to the recurring theme of intersectionality, that all three individuals identify as lesbian but have different definitions of being a
Ze begins to pass as a cisgender male, which allows hir to experience life without the fear of being attacked for being a butch lesbian. As ze begins to pass as a man, ze gains the subjectivity of a male. Jess’s new appearance allows hir experience life without the fear of being attacked for being a butch lesbian. This male subjectivity allows Jess to connect with other butches who have transitioned as well as the men ze works with. Ze and Ed have similar experiences with their transitions; both of them had girlfriends who left because they could not handle what Jess and Ed were going through. “I rang up Edwin. Her voice sounded hollow and distant. Darlene had packed her things and moved out” (157). Jess and Grant are in the same position, they are trying to get hormones and plan on getting them together. “ “I’ll wait for you,” Grant said. For just a moment her hand rested on my shoulder” (159). The two of them are supporting each other in their transitions. Jess forms a friendship with a man named Ben that ze works with. He opens up to Jess but ze emotionally barricades hirself from him. “He wanted so much to know me, and I couldn’t let him. What if I trusted him and I was wrong?” (183). Jess’s female subjectivity allows hir to be there for Ben in a way a man could not. Ze’s butch subjectivity and male subjectivity shuts hir out from him, ze is putting up this façade to pass as male. After Jess transitions and gets top surgery, people treat hir differently, women will flirt with hir and parents do not pull their kids away for hir. “ “Is it OK? I asked her, nodding towards the bear. She looked surprised, but she nodded. I handed the bear to the boy” (179). Although ze never speaks to Rocco, the transition and top surgery made hir feel as though ze could relate to them as they went through the same struggle. “I thumped the table in
California Hall was a tremendous representation of how the people reacted to the LGBT community. It was a huge turning point for the community as a whole and helped the modern LGBT movement push on. I chose this event because I believe it was a huge precursor to Stonewall and I am sure helped lead the way to many other events that occurred within the LGBT movement.
Don’t let the movie title, Milk, fool you. The movie’s title has nothing to do with the milk beverage. Sorry milk enthusiast. On the other hand, for those who love politics then this is the movie for you. This movie is solely focused on American Democracy. The protagonist, Harvey Milk, is an openly gay politician who is a victim of the discrimination that occurs against the LGBTQ society. In efforts to create change, Harvey Milk decides to run for city supervisor. Throughout his candidacy, he is confronted by idealist who want unconstitutional ordinances to be passed. When Harvey Milk is finally elected he establishes ordinances that protect homosexual’s rights. Many people vote against him, but in the end he wins with plurality of votes.
In the essay, “Why Shouldn’t Tommy and Jim Have Sex?” by John Corvino, he protects and fights for the right of homosexuals to engage in sexual activity. Also, he criticizes the arguments that are against homosexual sex and marriage. Corvino takes his time addressing each argument and provides evidence to back up his statements.