Two acclaimed LGBT-focused films screening at Creative Alliance

The Baltimore Sun

Two LGBT-focused films screening at the Creative Alliance over the next two weeks provide deeper looks at often-marginalized parts of the queer community -- with one exploring Maryland in particular.

On Thursday night, director Tina Gharavi's "I Am Nasrine" is located at the intersection of immigration and sexuality, providing a look at what it means to struggle with both one's national identity and sexual orientation.

The movie, part of which was filmed clandestinely in Iran, follows the stories of siblings Nasrine and Ali as they leave Iran to start new lives in the U.K. As the pair get their bearings in a foreign nation whose attitude toward immigrants is often, uh, less-than-enlightened, Ali also grapples with his emerging sexuality.

Gharavi will introduce the film at Thursday's screening and be present for a Q&A after it ends.

Two weeks later, on Nov. 14, director Yoruba Richen will be on hand to introduce her documentary "The New Black," a closer look at how the black community responded to Maryland's marriage equality battle. Using the fight over Question 6, the state's same-sex marriage ballot measure, Richen traces the complex overlap between the civil rights movement, LGBT rights advocacy and religion.

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