I Exist | Chicago Reader

I Exist

This 2002 video documentary details the frightening bigotry experienced by gay and lesbian Middle Eastern-Americans. Directors Peter Babosa and Garrett Lenoir tightly orchestrate diverse voices to describe a culture in which the family is “a web where every action affects everyone”—and so a brother beats his sister for being a lesbian. The pressure to choose between their antigay families and their true selves drives some of the subjects to the brink of suicide; the parents suffer too, as demonstrated by a mother who starts smoking when she learns her daughter is gay. 54 min.

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