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Preview 'Taboo Yardies' (An Account Of How Ordinary LGBT People Live Their Lives In Jamaica)

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by Courtney
February 20, 2013 2:48 PM
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Taboo Yardies

Currently touring the international film festival circuit is director/poducer Selena Blake's feature documentary titled Taboo Yardies

Here's how it's described:

It’s not illegal to be gay in Jamaica but legal sanction is the least of your worries. Jamaican society is profoundly and murderously homophobic. This utterly compelling account of how ordinary LGBT people exist under these conditions was filmed on the island itself. Extraordinary stories of violence and the constant living in fear make for sometimes uncomfortable viewing. Interview subjects tell of the casual and relentless attacks; their faces are digitally obscured because there is nowhere for an openly gay person to be safe on the island. The relationship between dancehall culture and some of its notorious artists is well known. Using interviews with a wide range of Jamaicans and leading cultural figures in exile, this is a wide-ranging film which explores how Jamaica got to be this way, and how some people are working for change.

Taboo Yardies is one of a handful of recent documentaries we've profiled that deal with this subject matter. Maybe the fact that we're openly talking about it is a step in the right direction.

Taboo Yardies next screens at the 27th BFI London Lesbian And Gay Film Festival in March.

Here's its trailer:

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6 Comments

  • Mistteria | February 23, 2013 4:53 PMReply

    I hope that this documentary doesn't win. I heard that Selena Blake has been using the documentary to get inside the gay community, but she doesn't truly support them. She has been collecting their money for years to do this documentary because she doesn't have a real job and she has been using the money for personal stuff. The documentary isn't touring anywhere. It's just a ploy to get more money out of the gays.

  • Ava | February 21, 2013 9:59 PMReply

    I recently read an article in the Jamaica Gleaner where people were complaining that there was a group of gay men who were 'running' the New Kingston area and many are now feeling intimidated. Whether people want to acknowledge this or not--Jamaica is changing. There are those on both sides of the debate, who insist on trying to keep Jamaica 'locked' into an idea, frozen in time but this won't be possible as time marches on and times eventually change. I'm not going to defend or dispute violent behavior as I've always been repulsed by intolerance in any form (and yes, I am a Jamaican!) but what increments Jamaica (an island that has the most churches per square of anywhere on Earth) makes will not only be due to the success of gay activists in Jamaica but also of progressive and moderate Jamaicans.
    And since living in America, I myself have faced much hate as an immigrant and a woman of African descent (from Blacks and Whites alike), so I would say there is so much hate worldwide. Hate is deplorable anywhere it exists, not just on small islands wracked by poverty.

  • glenn | February 21, 2013 1:33 PMReply

    So much hate in jamaica :/

  • Richard | February 21, 2013 7:23 AMReply

    They say "being gay is immoral" I guess hating and killing and baeting is not! Wake up Jamaica!!!!

  • Bee | February 21, 2013 12:25 AMReply

    I really want to see this!

  • lilkunta | February 20, 2013 5:11 PMReply

    I'd be interested in seeing this. I wonder is Staceann chin was interviewed.

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