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"Family Pride, Queer Aside" to Shine at the 15th Seattle Latino Film Festival
The film unfolds the poignant narrative of Aisak Ovalles, a young gay, drag queen who courageously embraces the role of a father to three children alongside his sister during the tumultuous backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Running from the 6th to the 14th of October, the festival is a beacon for the convergence of directors, producers, screenwriters, actors, and Latin talent, all united in their mission to deepen the appreciation and understanding of Latin culture through the power of cinema. This momentous occasion is perfectly timed to align with National Hispanic Heritage Month, making it an integral part of the annual cultural calendar.
Maria Millán, a burgeoning Venezuelan filmmaker, has dedicated her art to illuminating the roles of women and the LGBTQ+ community within society. Her decision to bring Aisak Ovalles's story to life serves as a poignant reflection of his lifelong dream of fatherhood, a dream that the pandemic ironically made a reality.
The film's central mission is to cast a spotlight on a subject often overlooked: Diverse Families. Through its powerful storytelling, it aims to shatter stereotypes and unveil a concealed yet ever-present reality in the lives of everyday Venezuelans. "Family Pride, Queer Aside" is a cinematic gem, both in terms of its style and content, and it aspires to become a pivotal reference point in the ongoing pursuit of rights for LGBTIQ+ individuals in Venezuela who dream of building their own families, as passionately affirmed by its director and producer.
María Millán embarked on this ambitious project amidst the lockdown, within the backdrop of Venezuela's already challenging circumstances. Her hope is that the film sparks vital conversations about LGBTQ rights and serves as an authentic representation of the community, transcending the comedic stereotypes often perpetuated by the media.
Millán's remarkable body of work has earned accolades at esteemed festivals worldwide, including the 33rd edition of the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, The Women's Film Festival in Seattle, the Lonely Seal Film Festival in Boston, Grrl Haus Film Festival, Tokyo International Short Film Festival, and L'Étrange Film Festival in Paris, among others. Notably, her film 'The Refuge' (2018) has found distribution through Amazon and various SVOD platforms.