This LGBTQ+ history month the Showroom is presenting a season of films exploring the joy, and the heartache, of first love.
From nervous stolen glances to tentative touches that crackle with electricity and heartbeats that flutter, the three films in the season celebrate those moments in our lives when anything seems possible. They’re stories from a range of voices from across the globe about falling in love, coming of age, and discovering who you are. How does it feel to explore and begin to understand your sexuality when you cannot see? What does it mean to fall in love for the first time in a country where your love is still illegal?
The season launches with a special preview of Rafiki ahead of its April 2019 release. Originally banned in Kenya for its attempts to “legitimise lesbianism” (the ban has since been lifted), this film boldly challenges perceptions of both Kenya and LGBTQ+ communities there. Alongside the other films in the season, it breaks down international barriers in a way that’s as exciting and hopeful as the feeling of your very first love.
Rafiki – Monday 11 February, 6pm
When romance blossoms between two Kenyan girls, they must choose between their happiness and their safety. A vibrant, vital film buzzing with chemistry between its two leads.
The Way He Looks – Monday 18 February, 6pm
Leonardo, a blind teenager, finds his life changing with the arrival of a new boy at school. A tender, life-affirming story of first love told from a unique perspective.
Circumstance – Friday 22 February, 6pm
Two vivacious young girls in contemporary Iran discover their burgeoning sexuality whilst struggling with the boundaries placed upon them by the world they were born into.