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65th SF Film Fest has something for everyone

The 65th San Francisco International Film Festival is underway and has many great options to screen through May 1. There are three LGBTQ+ movies of note.

Jeannette makes its world premiere at the festival on April 23 and is a documentary that will rip your heart out, while it shows strength, love and forgiveness. Queer mom Jeannette is one of the survivors of the Orlando Pulse Club massacre and proves she is a survivor. Finding strength in family, friends and work, Jeannette runs a boot camp where she helps others find their strength, all the while turning them into family and turning away from hate. Powerful stuff with an amazing subject.

Private Desert was Brazil’s entry at the most recent Oscars for Best International Feature and won’t be at theatres until July so here’s a great chance to see this moving and sensual story of Sara who, to conform, lives as her male birth identity at day but becomes her true self after hours, developing an in ternet romance with someone who now wants to meet in real life. It screens Monday, April 25.

Mama Has a Mustache is part of the Shorts 6 program on April 23. This endearing film has real interviews with children about transgender families and intercuts their comments with lively animation. These eloquent kids help make this a perfect movie to use to discuss being or being part of the transgender community.

Whether it’s LGBTQ+ or not and whether it’s from America or another country, this fantastic film festival, the longest running film festival in America, has something for everyone. 

Get tickets and check out talks and workshops at www.sffilm.org.

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Kevin M. Thomas

Kevin M. Thomas, or @ReelKev, is an arts blogger and entertainment reporter. In addition to his own website, www.reelkev.com and ReelKev YouTube channel, Kevin used to be the LGBT arts writer for Examiner.com and contributes to progressivepulse.com as well as a semi-regular on San Francisco's cable TV show, "10 Percent."

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