October 27, 2016

Love is a Human Right

During October, which is LGBT History Month in the US, the British Council and partners across the US organized screenings, panel discussions and stakeholder receptions showcasing the #fiveFilms4Freedom digital campaign. #fiveFilms4Freedom is the world's first and largest digital LGBT film festival, running now for 2 years across the world. #fiveFilms4freedom is a social media campaign and partnership between the British Film Institute and the British Council to promote equality and diversity, by encouraging people around the world to watch five short films from BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.

On October 27, 2016 #fiveFilms4Freedom came to Washington, DC. The British Council, the Scottish Government and NYU Washington, DC hosted a screening of all five films and a panel discussion with distinguished speakers on LGBTQ issues.  

British Council

Scottish Government


Program Schedule

Leigh Gibson, Director British Council USA

Film screening: #fiveFilms4Freedom 2016 short films

Panel Discussion: Supporting young people to make sense of gender expression and sexual orientation

Moderator: Tim Naftali, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service NYU Wagner and CNN Presidential Historian

Patrick Davies

Patrick Davies

Deena Fidas

Deena Fidas

Tim Naftali

Tim Naftali

Matt Nosanchuk

Matt Nosanchuk

Siri ROdnes

Siri Rødnes

YOUTUBE MEDIA
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Breathe
James Doherty
UK and Ireland
14 mins

YOUTUBE MEDIA
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Swirl
Peterson Varga
Philippines
4 mins 

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The Orchid
Ferran Navarro-Beltran     
Spain     
3 mins

VIMEO MEDIA
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Siri Rodnes     
Scotland     
14 mins

YOUTUBE MEDIA
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Xavier
Ricky Mastro     
Brazil     
14 mins


About fiveFilms4Freedom

In partnership with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the British Film Institute and the British Council, in 2016, five directors created five short films about contemporary LGBT life. From travelling communities to Easter bonnets to the wonderment of growing up, the five films tell a range of affecting stories about contemporary LGBT life in countries as diverse as Brazil, Ireland, Spain, the Philippines and the UK. During the month of March 2016 we made these five original LGBT films available everywhere, demonstrating and celebrating the values of human rights, promoting freedom and equality, provoking debate and promoting the rights of LGBT people around the world.

The 2016 digital campaign was highly successful. There were 1.57 million views of the films on Facebook and YouTube, with the films being viewed across 179 countries. Among the top countries in that list were countries in which LGBT rights are entirely lacking or seriously curtailed, including Russia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. The #fiveFilms4Freedom hashtag reach was 85.6 million and total web impressions were 54.9 million worldwide. The films have contributed to a growing global conversation that extends discussion about LGBT rights.