Lessons In Love | SHORTS!
This diverse collection of documentary shorts gives us an authentic look into the lives of gay men right here in Chicago and from around the world. Two Australian pavement artists share a unique relationship and system of artistic collaboration in TWO MINDS ARE BETTER THAN ONE; OUT ON THE STREETS shares the stories of young gay men experiencing homelessness in Chicago; and an African refugee visits the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism in Berlin in the experimental short THE WORLD IS ROUND SO THAT NOBODY CAN HIDE IN THE CORNERS – PART II: THE KISS. A LESSON IN LOVE tells the tale of Bud and Don, who have shared 41 years of love and gratitude in the wake of gay liberation and the AIDS epidemic; and in BEING OKEY–WHEN LOVE IS TREATED AS A CRIME, we get an intimate look into the compelling life of a gay Nigerian man who narrowly escaped death and fled with his partner to Switzerland, only to be caught between the constant fear of deportation and the hope for a safe life together.
In This Program
Nina Oppliger, Nadia Lanfranchi & Corinne Pfister / Shorts / Switzerland / 2017 / 34 minsEleven years ago, a mob tried to kill Okey and his partner in their hometown in Nigeria, where homosexuality is a crime. They narrowly escape death and flee to Switzerland as asylum seekers – only to be caught between the constant fear of deportation and the hope for a safe life.
Darcy Long / Shorts / USA / 2017 / 5 minsBud and Don have shared 41 years of love and gratitude in the wake of gay liberation and the AIDS epidemic. Take a moment to listen to the story of Ben, Don's first partner, who succumbed to AIDS in 1995.
John Haley / Shorts / USA / 2018 / 17 minsTwo young gay men experiencing homelessness in Chicago face the reality of life on the streets in their personal journeys to self-acceptance.
Felix Guerra / Shorts / Australia / 2016 / 10 minsTwo pavement artists based in Melbourne, Australia share a unique relationship and system of collaboration that allows them to flawlessly combine their ideas to create fantastic original art works as one.
Leandro Goddinho / Shorts / Germany / 2017 / 5 minsAn African refugee visits the Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under the Nazi regime in Berlin, Germany.