The Gay Pride film series is set at the Figge Art Museum


In recognition of Gay Pride Month, the Figge Art Museum will present a series of four award-winning independent films, one each Sunday in June.

Movies will be 4-6 p.m. June 5, 12, 19, and 26 at the John Deere Auditorium at Figge, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Free entry.

Sunday June 5:How to survive a plagueand.” (2013)

The gripping and powerful story of the mostly HIV-positive AIDS activists who played a central role in the development of the drugs and treatment protocols that transformed AIDS from a primarily fatal disease into a manageable condition. Five years into the AIDS crisis, the film follows this rambling group of ACT UP members in the ten years leading up to the advent of protease inhibitor therapy in 1996.

Initially ignored by officials, religious leaders and the nation as a whole, and faced with shame and hatred, and surrounded by a community in crisis, these full-time activists educated themselves in the science of viruses, the medicine and clinical trials, and were eventually embraced as full partners by the medical research community in the race to develop effective treatments for HIV and its complications. Two of those who lived to benefit from their efforts went on to win MacArthur Genius Fellowships for their groundbreaking work.

Nominated for the 2013 Oscars for Best Documentary Feature. English with English subtitles

Watch the trailer here.

Sunday June 12: “Rafiki”. (2018)

Two women try to hide their affection for each other from the people of Kenya, where homosexuality is illegal. Banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board, director Wanuri Kahiu sued the Kenyan government to get the film released so it could be submitted as the country’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. When the ban was lifted for seven days, Rafiki became the highest-grossing Kenyan film of all time.

Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

English and Swahili with English subtitles.

Watch the trailer here:

Sunday June 19:Four Moons/Cuatro Lunas. (2014)

Four intertwined stories about four intertwined stories of love and acceptance. An 11-year-old boy struggles with his secret; two old childhood friends reunite and discover that their feelings are complicated; a long-term relationship is in jeopardy when a third man arrives; and an elderly man struggles as he keeps his closed life separate from his loving family.

from Mexico nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014.

In Spanish with English subtitles

Watch the trailer here.

Sunday June 26: “The country of God”. (2017)

The life of isolation and heavy drinking of young Yorkshire farmer Johnny Saxby is turned upside down by the arrival of Gheorghe, a migrant worker from Romania.

Josh O’Connor, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Prince Charles in The crownreceived the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his performance as the lead role of Johnny Saxby. God’s Own Country” was Britain’s highest-grossing independent film of 2017.

Other awards include:

· British Academy Award for Best British Film and Rising Star Award (Josh O’Connor).

· London Film Critics Circle Movie of the year.

· Four British Independent Film Awards including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

· Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and World Film Achievement Award.

· Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Feature.

English Yorkshire with English subtitles.

Watch the trailer here.


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