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The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

PRISM Film Fest Aims to Promote Unity

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PRISM and the Orpheum Film Club will be co-hosting a student led film festival this Sunday at 8 p.m. in Great Hall. As part of the GLBTTQQIAAP Celebration (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Ally, Asexual, Pansexual), the fest is also associated with the James Farmer Multicultural Center. According to the center, the celebration “aspires to promote unity in the community by demonstrating diversity as pertaining to sexual orientation, gender-identity, and more.”
The fest will be showing two films Sunday night, “Transamerica” and “Were The World Mine.” Both films are intended to spread understanding, tolerance and acceptance of the queer community and world-view.
“Transamerica” tells the story of Bree, a pre-operative transgendered woman, saving for a final operation, who finds out she has a son from a previous relationship who has been imprisoned in New York. At the behest of her psychologist, Bree begins a cross-country adventure to find her son.
Timothy, the protagonist of the film “Were the World Mine,” is a bullied, openly gay high school student in a small town. After trying out for the school production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Timothy discovers a way to turn his entire homophobic town gay. A musical of gay empowerment ensues.
The films will be followed by a discussion session led by members of PRISM and Orpheum Film Club. Food, drinks and raffle tickets will be available.
The GLBTTQQIAAP Celebration will continue next week with a few other events. A question and answer session with PRISM members will be held Monday, a charity meal Wednesday night, and a PRISM Prom the evening of October 31st. Visit the James Farmer Multicultural Website or email for more details.