The LA Film Festival, which takes place June 1-9 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood and Culver City, will feature not one but TWO boundary-pushing WOW documentary films this year: Out of Iraq and Red Lake.
Out of Iraq tells the story of when two Iraqi men meet by chance and fall in love in 2003 during the midst of war, in a country where homosexuality is banned. Nayyef, a translator for the U.S. military, and Btoo, a soldier in the Iraqi army, face persecution—and possibly death—if they stay in their homeland. After obtaining a visa, Nayyef leaves his love behind, settling in Seattle with a determination to one day reunite with Btoo in a place where they can express their love freely and without fear.
Watch the trailer:
Red Lake – USA (Director Billy Luther; producers Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, and Billy Luther) In 2005 the Red Lake Indian Reservation was at the center of national media attention after a devastating mass school shooting. Ten years later, survivors continue to heal long after the national spotlight has faded. World Premiere.
(You can read more from producer Billy Luther on Red Lake here.)
General admission tickets will be on sale for Members beginning Thursday, May 5 and open to the general public starting today. Mark your calendars and earmark that disposable income accordingly, henny! You can get your tickets here.