Songs Of Freedom
Compelling stories of courage and hope
by Jamaican gays and lesbians
GENERAL INFORMATION
Songs of Freedom, Canada, 2002, Video, 75 Minutes

Produced & Directed by Phillip Pike

Produced with the Assistance of:
... • The Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Section
... • The Ontario Arts Council
... • The National Film Board of Canada – Filmmaker Assistance Program

Distributed by: Jahloveboy Productions


SHORT SYNOPSYS
Songs of Freedom takes us inside the world of Jamaican gays and lesbians and tells compelling stories of individuals courageously carving out meaningful lives, despite the taboo against their sexual identity.


SCREENINGS

Songs of Freedom was an official selection at several film festivals including: Walking In The Spirit Of My True Self Festival (Kingston, 2003), Get Reel Film Festival (Toronto, 2003), Reel Affirmations Film Festival (Washington D.C., 2003). For a complete list of screenings, click here: SCREENINGS.


REVIEWS
Read reviews of Songs of Freedom:
... Xtra (January 2003)
... MetroWeekly (April 2003)
... Montreal Mirror (May 2003)


ORDER A COPY
Own your own copy of Songs of Freedom today! The documentary is available
on VHS and DVD.

Home Video – VHS.........$24.99 CDN........ $26.99 US
Home Video – DVD........ $34.99 CDN........ $36.99 US
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Public Performance – VHS........ $44.99 CDN........ $48.50 US
Public Performance – DVD........ $54.99 CDN........ $59.50 US
Licensed for use in educational institutions, community groups and
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PROMPT DELIVERY
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Box 908 – 222 The Esplanade
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5A 4M8


SHIPPING & HANDLING
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COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS
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"They don't think about what we have together as love. How can you hate someone for loving someone else? It's ridiculous. It doesn't matter what sense it's in, it's still love. And that's all I have to say to everyone. What we have is love and we are sharing it."

So declare Denise, a young Jamaican lesbian who remains defiant in the face of a notoriously violent, homophobic society that threatens her safety and condemns the way she chooses to love. Songs of Freedom takes us inside Denise's world and that of other Jamaican gays and lesbians. It tells compelling stories of individuals courageously carving out meaningful lives, despite the taboo against their sexual identity. Instilled with an often contradictory sense of humour and anguish, these stories are about growing up, going to school, dating, and "coming out" in a country where one's individuality often collides with the dictates of family, community and religion. Still, Songs of Freedom does more than capture the conflict inherent in the lives of Jamaican lesbians and gays. Evoking the emancipative philosophy of the late Bob Marley, the documentary also conveys the unflinching sense of hope, love and camaraderie used by the people in front of the camera to compose their personal songs of freedom and redemption. We see them as whole persons, full of beauty, complexity and contradictions, always deserving of love and respect. In this sense, Songs of Freedom breaks new ground as the first documentary about gay life in Jamaica, even as it reflects the universal quest for human dignity in the face of oppression. Songs of Freedom features exclusive footage of a drag queen beauty contest. It also features a kick-ass soundtrack with original music composed by Toronto musician Quammie.
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