It’s Here. It’s Queer. It’s NewFest, running Oct. 20 through 25. Here are five films presenting LGBTQ life playing in this year’s program:
In the tender, Argentine import “Esteros,” Matías (Ignacio Rogers) unexpectedly reconnects with his openly gay childhood friend Jerónimo (Esteban Masturini) after a decade apart. While Matías is dating Rochi (Renata Calmon), his desire for Jerónimo is rekindled when the guys revisit the estuaries where they bonded as teenagers. Toggling back and forth between the guys’ childhood and adulthood, Esteros sensitively shows how Matías grapples with his emotions, as well as his suppressed love for Jerónimo. The attractive leads make this slow burn romance simmer with sexual tension before the expected passions consume them. Esteros may be a simple coming out story, but it is still effective, electric, and satisfying.
‘Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America’
Moises Serrano is a queer and undocumented 24-year-old in North Carolina who is unafraid and unashamed. This inspiring documentary recounts his fight for equality and inclusive immigration reform, as well as his efforts to realize his dream of attending college. Serrano talks eloquently about the racism, fear and depression he, his family members and other undocumented immigrants face, even as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) offers some protection. Moises’ activism is very moving, and the support he receives — from his family, his boyfriend, and others — is heartfelt is powerful. “Forbidden” is a timely and touching documentary.