Outfest Fusion, a film festival in L.A. spotlighting LGBT people of color, launches this week with screenings, workshops and forums that celebrate the diversity of our community on film.
Highlights include the U.S. premiere of Apricot Groves by Iranian director Pouria Heidary Oureha, the Hindi drama Angry Indian Goddesses and the documentary Out Run, about the world’s only LGBT political party and its quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress.
There are also special screenings of queer faves like Lan Yu Y Tu Mamá También and Best Picture winner Moonlight, which is followed by a discussion on the intersection of the black and LGBT experience.
RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Bob The Drag Queen, Detox and Latrice Royale appear in Assaad Yacoub’s Cherry Pop, about a young performer who inspires chaos and confusion at a drag club.
TV gets a nod with a screening of an unaired episode of Fox’s Star, followed by a discussion with creator Lee Daniels, and episodes of Netflix’s One Day at a Time reboot, which precedes a forum on the queer experience within the Cuban-American community.
“We’re showcasing content from Uganda to the UK, from Mexico to the Philippines, as well as launching new work from many local filmmakers,” said Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, Outfest’s Director of Programming. “It’s all about being able to see LGBT people of color on the big screen.”