KAL Case: Pushing the boundaries for LGBT people through film

August 3, 2006

Film Can Push The Boundaries Of What It Means To Be Lesbian, Gay Or Bi-Sexual

Same Sex Couple Taking Case Against State for Recognition of their Marriage Take to the Cinema for Dublin Film Festival

Drs. Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, the Irish couple taking a case against the state for recognition of their Canadian marriage, will tonight (August 3) open the 14th Dublin Lesbian Gay Film Festival (August 3-7) at the Irish Film Institute at 7.30 p.m.

“Film can push the boundary of current conceptualizations of what it means to be lesbian, gay or bisexual in this world today,” Dr. Zappone said. “A number of films on this year’s programme look to the past and challenge us to realize that the past is not dead.”

“Observing the struggle for lesbian and gay rights at various times and places in the last century immediately challenges us to look at the present in our globe and see either history repeating itself, or struggles for basic human rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual people just beginning,” she continued.

Dr. Gilligan said that while heterosexuals are seeing more movies in the big screen with a gay theme (Brokeback Mountain, etc) the very fact that they reach the ‘general audience’ signals often a rather bland analysis of the topices under consideration.

“A dedicated lesbian and gay film festival allows a more nuanced set of films to be shown which often shows the depth of prejudice, and of the height of love and joy – that would not otherwise be seen.”

The issue of partnership will be examined particularly this year on Saturday, August 5th. Drs Zappone and Gilligan along with others will host a discussion following two short films on the subject.

“These two films clearly challenge us to examine the issues of power, of complicit silence, of difference, of difference of age and culture, of opportunity and how each of these differences must be attended to if equality and rights are to be realised,” Dr. Zappone said.

Link: KAL Case News

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