Latino fathers make their voices heard in the documentary "El Canto del Colibrí"

The new documentary, El Canto del Colibrí, aims to amplify the voices of Latino fathers and their relationships with their LGBT children. The fathers tell stories of the roads they traveled toward acceptance when their children came out to them about their sexual orientation or, in the case of a trans young man, about his gender identity. Sometimes the fathers' experiences of facing discrimination for being immigrants help them connect to the discrimination their children face for being both Latin@ and LGBT and sometimes these experiences increase their fears and concerns for their children as they deal with a still often misunderstood and misrepresented reality of being LGBT.

The director Marco Castro-Bojorquez used the seldom-heard song of the hummingbird as the symbol and title of the film. When it came time to tell the stories of fathers and their LGBT children, Castro-Bojorquez tapped into his own personal story and his relationship with his father. He actually finished the film a few days before his father passed away in Mexico and recounts that he finished the film as he cared for his father in his final days. Castro-Bojorquez dedicated the film to his dad.

"… The film aims to dismantle that racist premise that Latino men are homophobic by nature and show that unconditional love and social responsibility are possible," reads, in part, Marco Castro-Bojorquez' statement about the film.

Castro-Bojorquez was part of a production team behind Tres Gotas de Agua which featured stories of Latino mothers and their LGBT children in partnership with Out Proud Families and Somos Familia in the Bay Area.“It is often the mothers who support their children first. A film discussing the journey of acceptance of Latino fathers for their LGBTQ children is critical to encourage Latino fathers to begin these important conversations," wrote Magdy Angel-Hurtado of Somos Familia.

The documentary was screened in the San Francisco Frameline39 as well as the Portland Latino Gay Pride. On November 16 it will premiere at the 13th annual LGBT International Film Festival called El Lugar Sin Limites in Ecuador. The organizers sought to present the film as an important conversation starter for a society that like the U.S. has still not resolved the problems of homophobic and transphobic violence. The film continues to run the festival circuit. Visit the website to find an opportunity to attend a future screening.

 

 

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