Art, Sexuality and Diversity
Film and diversity over the Rainbow in Fortaleza
By Vagner de Almeida*
The First Rainbow Festival of Cinema and Sexual Diversity was held in Fortaleza, in the state of Ceará, on July, 2007. This is the first film Festival in the Northeast of Brazil that highlights positive aspects of gender and sexual diversity.
ABIA – The Brazilian Interdisciplinary Association of AIDS was well represented at the festival, with presentations of the films “Living Day By Day”, “The Butterflies”, “Prevention Cabaret”, “Rites and Sayings of Young Gays”, and “Homophobia in School”, all directed by Vagner de Almeida.
Vagner presented a special session on educational film-making and talked about how the films are done with the base communities in settings where sexual diversity and violence co-exist and where youth and adults are often killed because their sexual lives are not accepted by others.
The films from ABIA were shown in different parts of the festival, with special sessions for local artists, activists, directors, educators, and administrators from the public schools and public health system who wanted to learn how to work with the LGBT population.
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* Vagner Almeida is writer, video director and member of SPW - Columbia Secretariat Team
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