Jamaica is known for beaches and warm weather, but for many gay and lesbian people living on the island, it's a place of hatred. A new documentary, The Abominable Crime shines a light on homophobia and anti-gay violence in Jamaica.
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A riveting, urgent, compelling account of what pressures and hatred LGBT Jamaicans face, writes Lisa Shoman, a senator at the National Assembly of Belize. But for the names and faces, it could easily have been made about Belize.
In advance of next week's premiere at the Frameline International Film Festival in San Francisco, we're starting to see some of the very first reviews of the film. Here's what people are saying about the film:
Common Good Productions needs help telling the important story of GLBT citizens in Jamaica and their daily struggles. Stories like this can have the power to change a social dialogue and could help people that deal with extreme hatred daily.
The harrowing experiences faced by a lesbian and a gay man reveal a culture of intolerance in Jamaica. Referred to by human rights groups as the most homophobic place on earth, Jamaica maintains draconian sodomy laws and has been notable for its high incidence of anti-LGBT violence and rhetoric, especially in its popular music. In a culture where the denial of dignity and rights to LGBT people is a given, director Micah Fink profiles two individuals who have faced persecution and near-death because of their sexuality: Human rights activist and lawyer Maurice, forced to flee the country fearing death threats after the media reported on his marriage to a man, and young mother Simone, gunned down just outside her own home. Their stories reveal the faces of the victims of homophobia and the consequences of a country seemingly unwilling to deal with such human rights abuses.
Do you think of Jamaica as a country where gays and lesbians are hunted down in the streets? Micah Fink, an award winning producer, director, and writer, aims to expose homophobia in Jamaica with his documentary, An Abominable Crime. Equalitopia had the pleasure of interviewing Micah Fink about the project:
This week I got a chance to see a rough cut of An Abominable Crime, a documentary from filmmaker Micah Fink which explores homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of two people - Simone Edwards, a lesbian seeking asylum abroad after an attempt on her life by anti-gay gunmen, and Maurice Tomlinson, an activist and lawyer threatened after marrying a Canadian man and being exposed by the Jamaican press.
Jamaica has one of the worst records in the world on LGBT rights. Male same-sex relationships are punishable by up to 10 years in jail, and homophobic attitudes, harassment, and hate crimes are endemic across the LGBT spectrum. Filmmaker Micah Fink wants to tell the stories of two Jamaicans affected by homophobia, one of whom is a lesbian mom.
In Nederland hebben we het maar goed : we kunnen trouwen, kindjes adopteren en hand in hand over straat lopen. In veel andere landen in de wereld is homoseksualiteit echter nog steeds verboden en leven homo's, lesbiennes, biseksuelen en transgenders in constante angst. Documentairemaker Micah Fink uit New York volgde een aantal mensen uit Jamaica, een land waar het niet vanzelfsprekend is om homo te zijn. Expreszo stelde hem enkele vragen over zijn nieuwe film.