Galway Film Centre with filmmaker Alice McDowell are delighted with the continued success of ‘As Human As I Am’. The documentary premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in July of this year and has been selected and/or screened at a range of festivals and events around the world.
‘As Human As I Am’, is a new documentary presenting inclusion stories and strategies for LGBTI communities in Malawi, Nepal and Fiji. The film captures how civil society organisations in these countries have worked to overcome discrimination and persecution of sexual and gender minorities, achieving important results in generating constructive debate and, in some instances, social and political acceptance.
Importantly, the film reveals perhaps one of the most effective long term approaches to changing attitudes towards LGBTI people. This is the work exemplified by Lionel Rogers, a Peer Educator and Director of Fiji’s Youth Champs 4 Mental Health, who works with children in schools to broaden their understanding of the issues experienced by LGBTI children and young people, and promote their social acceptance. By adopting legal and political frameworks, Nepal’s Blue Diamond Society and lead activist Sunil Babu Pant have inspired changes to Nepal’s school curricula and citizenship laws, which now recognise and respect the rights of ‘third gender’ people. In Malawi, the Centre for the Development of People has been active in working with the media and religious leaders as a long term investment in changing attitudes to the LGBTI community.
The documentary was produced and directed by Alice McDowell, with cinematography by Maurice Gunning. It also features original music by Galway-based composer Moisés Mas Garcia and performed by musicians both local and abroad.
Upcoming screenings of As Human As I Am includes:
- BEIJING, CHINA – November, 2017 – 10th Beijing Queer Film Festival
- MADRID, SPAIN – November, 2017 – 22nd Madrid International Lesbian Gay and Transsexual Film Festival
- VIENNA, AUSTRIA – November, 2017 – Transition: International Queer Minorities Film Festival
- CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – November, 2017 – Our City Film Project
- CLUJ-NAPOCA, ROMANIA – November, 2017 – Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival
- AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – December, 2017 – International Queer and Migrant Film Festival
- LJUBLIJANA, SLOVENIA – November/December, 2017 – Ljublijana LGBT Film Festival
KAMPALA, UGANDA – December, 2017 – Queer Kampala International Film Festival
- LAGOS, NIGERIA – December 2017 – Eko International Film Festival
- FRANCE – March, 2018 – Amnesty International Au Cinema pour les Droits Humains
- WARSAW, POLAND – April, 2018 – LGBT Film Festival Poland
The film has already screened at:
- GALWAY, IRELAND – July 2017 – Premiere Screening – Galway Film Fleadh
- INDIA – July 2017 – Lake View International Film Festival – Winner of the July Edition
- GALWAY, IRELAND – August 2017 – Community screening at Teach Solais, Galway – hosted by Galway Anti Racism Network and AMACH! LGBT Galway
- LEEDS, UK – September 2017 – Queer 50 – DOCS, Short and Talks – Leeds Queer Film Festival
- CÁDIZ, SPAIN – September 2017 – Community screening hosted by ARCO IRIS Federación Andaluza, APDHA (Asociación Pro Derechos humanos de Andalucía) and Lambda La Isla