It seems that once a year the Dream Boat, a cruise fr only gay men, sets sail. An escape from their lives, from their families and political restrictions, this documentary follows five men from five different countries on the quest to achieve their gay dreams. An all-male week-long voyage from Lisbon to the Canary Islands with 2,386 gay men and for those who come from societies less than friendly to “out” behavior, it promises a powerful experience of being yourself in a protective environment.
The subjects all want to be loved for who they are but they all know the packaging gets the attention. Polish-born, UK resident Marek, has the face and body that attracts appreciators but he doesn’t have the confidence; French Philippe is in a a wheelchair (from a meningitis infection) is traveling with his partner and wonders what sort of luck he’d have with these hot guys if he were single; Indian-born Dipankar, living in Dubai, feels lonely among thousands, but by the end reaches an epiphany; Palestinian Ramzi is traveling with his Belgian partner, celebrating the latter’s recovery from cancer and there’s Martin from Austria, living with HIV.
These 5 men shares their hopes fear and dreams, and as you’ll see from this trailer, it suddenly seems much more important and not as frivolous like you might imagine a gay cruise to be.
(Photo, screen grab; via OMG Blog)