Documentary - Completed 2004

A stunning profile of how the world’s gay refugees are fleeing discrimination, persecution and murder in their native lands, in search of freedom and human rights. Powerful stories fuel international dialogue told by five young men as they search for welcoming arms outside their countries of birth,

& Awards

Commonwealth International Film Festival 2012
Winner Audience Award
Canadian Broadcaster's Association 2012
Best Documentary of the year
    • Year of production
    • 2004
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 47 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Writer(s)
    • Noemi WEIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Noemi WEIS (Filmblanc)
    • Synopsis
    • Gloriously Free explores the world of gay immigration and the desperate search of five men to find welcoming arms outside their countries of birth, where persecution and hatred of alternative lifestyles may lead to torture or death.
      What they find is Canada, a vast country that now leads the world as the safest haven for persecuted international gays and lesbians. In just three years, the country has issued over 3,000 immigration permits to international gays and lesbians seeking refugee status, more than any other market in the world.
      Stunning, powerful and a must-have addition to any factual, current affairs and news program schedule, the one-hour Gloriously Free follows Al-Hussein from Jordan; Julian, blackmailed and blacklisted in his homeland of Mexico and a resident of Canada for three years; Bruno, who immigrated from Brazil and now makes his living as a singer; David, a former U.S. Port Captain with a prominent Texas-based drilling company; and Frantz, a graphic artist from Jamaica.
      Their compelling stories have global reach as same sex partnerships fuel international dialogue about why North America - and Canada in particular - have softened their stance on same sex preference and orientation.
      Excluded from the opportunity to live freely in their native countries, these five remarkable and resilient young men tell stories of blackmail and torture, of broken legs and facing the end of a gun barrel.
      Gloriously Free is documentary film-making at its best and is sure to be a signature program on any gay or mainstream TV service. Included in the documentary is a look at Canada's unique and liberal immigration laws and the procedure by which international gays and lesbians can apply for refugee status in a country that is fast becoming the world's unspoken symbol of sexual freedom.