University of Portsmouth’s Equality and Diversity Champion, Professor Sherria Hoskins, will be opening the Pride LGBTQ+ Film Festival on Wednesday 6 February, 7 pm, in Eldon Building screening room 1.10.
A selection of films have been put together to explore this year’s theme of Peace, Activism and Reconciliation with the support of the Portsmouth Film Society (PFS)
“We believe in the power of film to raise awareness and bring about positive change in society”, says Cecilia Young, chairperson of the Portsmouth Film Society.
Postcards from London (2018) opens the festival with the story of a young man on a journey to self-discovery when he went to London in search of a job.
Anchor and Hope (2017) looks at the life of a couple who want to have a baby and found themselves facing a number of conflicting and difficult decisions. Reader in Film Studies, Dr Deborah Shaw will introduce the film and lead a discussion on the issues raised.
A Moment in the Reeds (2018) tells the story of Leevi who falls for Tariq, a Syrian asylum seeker and the festival closes with the documentary A Deal With The Universe (2018) which is filmmaker Jason Barker’s debut feature. Autobiographical and made entirely from personal archive and home video diaries, the film follows Jason’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child, charting over 15 years of his and his partner’s life. This film is groundbreaking in terms of its intimate insights into gender identity and new parenthood.
Equality and Diversity Manager, Dave Small, said “We value our partnership with the Portsmouth Film Society to celebrate LGBT History Month and we are proud of the University’s work to support LGBTQ+. We hope all communities from across Portsmouth will take advantage of these screenings, and come together to support LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion in Portsmouth”The Festival supported by University Of Portsmouth, BFI FAN and Film Hub South West.