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San Diego Black Film Festival includes LGBT selections

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Black Film Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary with this year’s opening ceremonies that took place on Thursday, Jan. 26. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the director of the Black Film Festival, Karen Willis, will host a two and a half hour screening for the LGBT community called the GLBT Meet-Up, with five short films and one feature-length documentary. The festival ends on Sunday, Jan. 29.

The Black Film Festival’s GLBT Meet-Up highlights a selection of films about both the African-American LGBT experience as well as the international African LGBT experience. “The GLBT Meet-Up started about six years ago, and it’s really grown,” Willis said. “It’s very important not only to the festival, but also to the city.”

The international nature of this year’s selected films — including the feature “Glitterboys and Ganglands” from South Africa and “Excuses for Jeff,” which looks at homophobia in Jamaica — is an important aspect of the Festival for Willis. “It’s an opportunity for the larger GLBT community to really… see what GLBT community members of African decent or from foreign countries in Africa and the diaspora… [are] doing,” Willis said.

Read the full story from Gay San Diego, a SDGLN media partner, HERE.