SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville’s LGBTQ Community Liaison and the City of Cambridge GLBT Commission are partnering for a special screening of the independent film “The Year We Thought About Love.” Released this year, the documentary has screened at film festivals around the world, and now comes to Cambridge for a free screening and Q&A with cast and the filmmaker.
The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Cambridge Main Library Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m., and concludes with Q&A with director Ellen Brodsky and cast members. The screening is free, open to the public, and will be closed-captioned.
“The Year We Thought About Love” premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January, and has since screened at film festivals from coast to coast, and in Japan, India, Canada, and South Korea. “Brodsky’s documentary shocks, awes and entertains…take[s] you from belly-aching laughter to a deluge of tears,” says Huffington Post blogger and syndicated religion columnist Reverend Irene Monroe of Cambridge.
“The Year We Thought About Love” has its roots in Boston as it tells the story of True Colors, a Boston-based youth troupe that raises LGBTQ awareness by performing to middle and high school students, social workers, friends and family. The film gives a look into what happens when LGBTQ youth of color band together and dare to be “out” on stage about their lives and their loves.
“There’s great power in making visible the stories of people who identify as transgender, bisexual, queer, lesbian, and gay,” says Andra Oshinsky, LGBTQ Community Liaison for the city of Somerville. “This film shows the immense talent and courage of the True Colors youth troupe, who share their personal stories on stage while tackling issues ranging from family and faith to loss and love.”
Brodsky introduces us to an incredibly inspiring group of young people who use the power of dramatic expression to cope with their own conflicts. Alyssa has been kicked out of the house for coming out as transgender. Chi is struggling with acceptance from his conservative Baptist church.
This event is sponsored by the Cambridge GLBT Commission and the City of Somerville’s LGBTQ Community Liaison.
To learn more visit http://www.cambridgema.gov/glbt or call 617-349-3355.
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