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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Crimes Against

Crimes Against

Beyond Hatred
"An in-depth look at the murder of a young gay man, who was taunted before being viciously beaten and thrown in a pond, where he drowned, by three French skinheads. Explores the social and psychological roots of homophobia and other hate crimes."

Cuchillo de palo: 108
"When Rodolfo Costa was found naked on the floor of his home in Paraguay, he had been dead for days. Although ostensibly jobless, he had mysteriously amassed a small fortune. He also has a secret alias--Héctor Torres--and a secret life. At the time, [director] Renate Costa Perdomo was a young girl. Asked to select her uncle's burial garb, she found his closet empty. Surely the lively, colorfully-dressed Rodolfo she knew could not, as those around her claimed, have died of sadness. In [this film], Costa Perdomo investigates the shadowy circumstances of Rodolfo's death. Witnesses and clues gently reveal Rodolfo's true identity as a persecuted gay man and the terrifying "108" homosexual blacklists that ruined lives, careers, and families. The film is also a fascinating portrait of the relationship between the filmmaker, who has left Paraguay and now lives in Spain, and her now-divorced father, Pedro Costa, who remains in the family blacksmithing shop. ... [An] illustration of the impact that the right-wing dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner, who ruled Paraguay from 1954 to 1989, had on the so-called '108's living in the country as experienced by a single Paraguayan gay man and his family. - Container

Dreams Deferred: The Sakia Gunn Film Project
"This documentary tells the story of Sakia Gunn, a 15-year old African American lesbian who was fatally stabbed in gay hate crime in Newark, New Jersey. The Sakia Gunn Film Project depicts the hate and homophobia that caused this murder to occur and questions the lack of media coverage of the murder of a Black gay teenager... The story unfolds with the testimonies of Sakia's family and friends during the sentencing hearing of the murderer. The hearing is inter-cut with interviews of LGBT community leaders, opinions of people in the community, interviews of Sakia's best friend, Valencia, and exclusive footage of Sakia's vigil..."

Laramie Inside Out
"Filmmaker Beverly Seckinger, a native of Laramie, Wyoming, returns to talk with students, teachers, parents, and clergy about the impact Matthew Shepard's murder has had on their community."

Licensed to Kill
"A riveting journey into the minds of men whose contempt for homosexuals led them to murder. Videotaped confessions, home and police videos of gay bashings and murder scenes, news reports and graphic evidence from police files are fused together with interviews by the filmmaker with seven convicted killers."

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine
"Revisits the much-publicized case of Matthew Shepard, the young man tortured and killed in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming for being gay. Family and friends recount Shepard's life and the circumstances surrounding his murder."

Valentine Road
"In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point blank range. Unraveling this tragedy from point of impact, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as the aftermath."