Drinks * Live music * Discussion * Film
Short film screening of GUARDIAN and panel discussion about the power of the arts and the LGBTQ community with the writer/director and producer of the film.
AS WELL AS OUR first EVER LIVE BraveMaker PODCAST RECORDING with special guest singer/songwriter & LGBTQ advocate: Matt Nightingale sharing his stories and original music.
Statement from the Director: Nicolas Jara
Guardian was made to honor my mother who died of breast cancer when I was five years old. After she passed, I was left with my father who tried to mold me into his own image, but her presence never left me. This film is an exploration of my memories of her and what I think she would have told me if she was still alive.
The story of Manuel (Carlos Flores, Jr.) is about making the choice between toxic masculinity and unconditional love and acceptance. Within the Latinx community, the patriarchal system influences the relationships within family. As a result, many women and queer Latinxs experience abuse and internalized oppression. Manuel is forced deeper in the closet by his father’s hypermasculinity, but his mother’s love reaches him through time and space. I wanted Manuel to be an example for others in the community who struggle to come out and get out of abusive relationships.
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