The world is opening up to the LGBT community and the social narrative surrounding these stigmatized people is coming to the fore. Somewhere down the line, we have to give credit to films for providing a solid and widespread voice to LGBT people. Even though many films have had their heart in the right place they somehow didn’t manage to portray the nuances of LGBT lives. Some new and recent films have managed to stand out in this regard as they have successfully projected the aspects and transience of sexual barriers and how the people are treated on a more personal level.
When we talk about taboos, a lot of things come in our mind. For generations, centuries, hell, since the dawn of humanity, humans have labelled everything that they have encountered. And what most people found unacceptable was tagged as taboo, whether it was wrong or, god forbid, right! Love has always been a complicated emotion and falling in love with the person of same-sex comes with its own set of dense feelings. To make matters knottier, the society jumps in to tell you that your love is unacceptable and that there is something inherently wrong with you. (Voila! That’s what everyone secretly wants to hear!) The concept of love is different for everyone, and just because the other person’s idea is different than yours doesn’t mean that they are wrong. But we live in better times and the society has finally, if not completely, learned to expand its frame of mind a little further. The success of films like ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘Love, Simon’ proves that while a lot of other things are still taboos (some quite rightly so), gay love is not one of those things.
2018 was a great year for LGBT films, especially with the critical and commercial success of films like ‘Boy Erased’ and ‘Love, Simon’. The number of films focusing on the life of people from the LGBT community is still quite less, but they make up for it with strong content. However, more films like these need to come out because there are countless stories to tell. Some great movies, with exciting potential, are on the horizon, though we might have to wait a bit longer for them to come out! We have high hopes from this list of upcoming films that are expected to be much better at handling the complexities and struggles of homosexual and transgender people. Some are going to be released soon and some are yet to get a fixed date.
9. Rafiki (2019)
‘Rafiki’ is among the headlines in the last few days because of Kenya’s decision to lift the ban over the film. The film places lesbianism in the center which apparently doesn’t go too well with Kenya’s culture. We have Kena and Ziki, two young women who find solace, comfort, and love in each other’s arms. They also have a conservative society and growing political rivalry between the two families to brave. The film is a brave tale of everlasting love spanned over geographical barriers and time. At the end of the day, love wins against all the conflicts and hindrances. After the film was allowed to be screened briefly in order to be eligible for Oscar contention, it received rave reviews and packed audiences. It is scheduled to have a wider release on April 19, 2019.
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8. Vita and Virginia (TBA)
Inspired by Eileen Atkins’ 1993 play, ‘Vita and Virginia’ is a British film directed by Chanya Button. It’s a historical romance that will attract both cinephiles and bibliophiles alike. ‘Vita and Virginia’ tells the intriguing story of an amorous relationship between popular socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary sensation Virginia Woolf. A relationship that sparked one of Woolf’s most iconic novel, ‘Orlando’. We have an energetic and outspoken feminist, Vita and we have an enigmatic and secluded Virginia and the coming together of these two persons is one of the most surprising things you’ll find. They first meet at a bohemian party and we see the story unfolds from Vita’s perspective. But Woolf is the real star of the show, her multifaceted personality and her multiple bouts of depression demand a more curious inspection. The film deals with a lot of physical heat among the two women. The unconventional affair of these two transcend social barriers and stigma and is one for age. Even though the film had its premiere at TIFF 2018, the release date in US is still unknown.