Reeling 2021: Keep Going: Stories of Queer Resilience

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Reeling 2021: Keep Going: Stories of Queer Resilience

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival presents Keep Going: Stories of Queer Resilience.

There is no shortage of struggles for LGBTQ people. From the lingering trauma of AIDS to bigotry and the overwhelming transformations of coming out, queer people are often forced to be resilient in order to survive. Both celebratory and contemplative, this collection of shorts explores these daily struggles and offers hope for a better future. In MANO SANTA a man harbors his runaway grandson after fleeing the constraints of home. In OUT OF THE DARK: AKEEM, viral slam poet AKeem Rollins meditates on his piece “Suicide Note” about finding new strength to keep going. A teenager is sent to live with her grandparents, forcing her to confront her past and imagine a much different future in COCOON LOVE. SCARS is a poetic documentary that uses animation and live action to tell the story of the marks of self-harm on the body. In COMPLICATED, a depressed young man returns to live with his eccentric mother following a mental breakdown. In IT WAS THE DOG THAT SAVED MY LIFE, a widower uses the print-making process to relive the legacy of Toby, the dog of his lover who died from AIDS in the 90s. And in REASONS TO STAY, Jian needs a little encouragement to keep going.

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