Coming to Logo tonight, Thursday, August 3:
FORBIDDEN: UNDOCUMENTED AND QUEER IN RURAL AMERICA
San Diego Latino, Charlotte, NewFest, LGBT fests in Rochester, Santa Barbara, Boston, Kansas City, Honolulu, Memphis, and Miami
A young gay Latino, brought to the US at 18 months old, fights for immigration reform.
Now in his early 20s, Moises Serrano has become an immigration activist, sharing his undocumented, unafraid story in various speaking engagements, in contrast to the kind of growing xenophobic rhetoric most pointedly represented here in Donald Trump’s infamous candidacy speech, shown here. Although the title of Rhynard’s workmanlike film strangely references Moises’ sexuality and rural upbringing, neither of these carry much narrative weight compared with the topic of immigration reform. The bulk of this profile consists of fairly repetitive speeches given by the young activist, and his concerns over unfair tuition rates applied to undocumented college students. While Moises is an appealing, charismatic subject, as presented here, his story doesn’t wholly sustain feature-length treatment.