Guatemala

Outsider Pictures
January 28, 2020
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Guatemalan film José illuminates love in a difficult time & place as its star grapples with real-life immigration policy

So many cinematic stories that illuminate the LGBTQ experience in Mexico, Central and Latin America have been coming out this past year and it’s glorious to see. Joining them at the end of January, is “José,” the Guatemalan film, described as “a gripping, layered and beautifully honest story about one working class young man's struggle to find himself.” Among the honors bestowed on the film was the prestigious Queer Lion award at the Venice film festival in 2018. Unfortunately, its opening has been marred by the fact that the film’s star, newcomer Enrique Salanic, has not received permission to travel the U.S. which the film’s distributor, Outsider Pictures, calls unfair and an example of political bias.

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