GAY IN J.A.

By Michelle SERIEUX

NEW CARIBBEAN CINEMA - as PROD

Documentary - Pre-Production 2012

Jamaica, 2012. The "most homophobic country in the world" has just elected a gay
friendly Prime Minister. Will this 50th year of independence bring
with it a recognition of gay rights and equality?

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • JAMAICA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Michelle SERIEUX
    • Writer(s)
    • Michelle SERIEUX
    • Producer(s)
    • Michelle SERIEUX (New Caribbean Cinema), Storm SAULTER (New Caribbean Cinema)
    • Synopsis
    • Gay in JA follows the stories of two homosexual experiences both originating in Jamaica,
      but unfolding across the US, UK and Canada, as the subjects chase the freedom that eludes
      them.
      5 years ago, KC was at the top of his game. A popular contestant in Jamaica's version of
      American Idol, this rising star plummeted down when someone spread a devastatingly
      private video all over the JA media. The secret was out. KC was gay. Forced to flee Jamaica,
      KC now lives in New York City as a human rights asylee. Saddled with a 9-5 job, the land of
      opportunity may in fact not bear the fruit that his burgeoning artistic career in Jamaica had
      begun to sprout. KC has set his sights on auditioning for the actual American Idol in a bid to
      put the past behind him and embrace the creative future that seemed promised in Jamaica,
      but fast approaching 30, is it too late for the actor, singer, dancer who had his heart set on
      stardom?
      TA and JM are a lesbian couple living in Jamaica. JM identifies as a bisexual with a preference
      for women and is now living with her girlfriend TA, a musician. Together they have carved a
      niche as event managers within the LBGT community in JA, but JM still mourns the loss of a
      potential career in politics which she feels was irrevocably sabotaged when she was publicly
      humiliated during her undergrad years at University, because of her sexuality. JM is now a
      committed entertainment planner and TA's manager. With JM's passion fueling her creativity,
      TA is developing her own audience in Jamaica, one that transcends the LGBT community
      because of the universality of her music. Will TA and JM be the force behind a new
      consciousness that recognises humanity over sexuality, by rewarding talent, first?
      These two stories represent contrasting facets of the Jamaican gay experience. This film
      comes at a time when Jamaica is celebrating its 50th Independence Anniversary and
      interrogates the very notion of freedom, especially for these under-represented citizens.
      This is also the year that a conscience vote has been tabled for the house of parliament
      on the issue of the anti buggery law. Brought to the fore by LGBT activists who have
      challenged the new prime Minister to repeal the laws criminalizing homosexuality, 2012
      is a year to determine how far the nation has come to shedding its "homophobic" identity
      and a year to examine the steps being taken to create a a truly free society.
    • Partners & financing
    • required
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 01, 2012
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