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7 Films to Watch for Pride Week

Starting March 29th, the University of Utah will be hosting their annual Pride Week. This year’s theme is “Queer at the Intersections,” to “explore how our identities and experiences impact how we navigate the world. To help celebrate, Joni Clayton of the library’s Eclectic Film Committee has recommended these films that are free to watch through the library for current U students, staff, and faculty.

Moonlight (2016)

A moving and transcendent look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young man growing up in Miami.  His epic journey to adulthood, as a shy outsider dealing with difficult circumstances, is guided by support, empathy and love from the most unexpected places.

Paris is Burning (1990)

This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene.

Coming Out (2018)

Join Ann Curry as those whose lives were changed by the early days of the gay rights movement reunite. Tom wants to find the childhood friend who urged him to come out, while Paul seeks a fellow student who inspired him to stand up for his beliefs.

Handsome Devil (2017)

Ned and Conor are forced to share a bedroom at their boarding school. The loner and the star athlete at this rugby-mad school form an unlikely friendship until it’s tested by the authorities in this award winning coming of age tale.

It’s Elementary (1996)

This film takes cameras into classrooms across the U.S. to look at one of today’s most controversial issues – whether and how LGBT issues should be discussed in schools.

It’s Still Elementary (2007)

This film examines the incredible impact of the groundbreaking original documentary. It’s ElementaryTalking About Gay Issues in School.  It’s a great case study of how documentary filmmaking coupled with a robust grassroots campaign, can literally change the world.  This film follows up with teachers and students featured in the first film to see how having teachers in elementary and middle school who taught them about LGBT people affected their lives.

Not a Boy, Not a Girl (2020)

Meet young Australians who do not identify as either male or female to gain an understanding of their lives and experiences.

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