FAGGOTS (Marcos Arriaga, Canada). 52 minutes. Subtitled. Monday (May 23), 1 pm. Isabel Bader. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Tired of our corporate-cash-grab Pride parade? The modest display of brave queers (and some not-so-happy onlookers) at the 2004 Lima Pride parade should get your heart pumping proudly. It's one of the big emotional moments in Marcos Arriaga 's compelling documentary about gay life in Peru.
Exploring the lives of two candid older men, Arriaga shows the influence of religion, economics and politics on Peruvian queers. (Lesbians are pretty invisible in this machismo-filled world.)
The film lacks focus at times, and the camera work is competent at best, but like its subjects, it's got a fierce, determined spirit that won't be killed.
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