One of the things I think can be most beneficial about LGBT cinema is giving us an insight into gay life in other parts of the world. However there are some places where making films about gay people isn’t just difficult is could be life threatening – that includes Iran.
The documentary Golf Alpha Yankee may not have been able to go right into Iran, but it does give a voice to those who have escaped a place where the threat isn’t just that gay sex could potentially result in the death penalty, but also the societal condemnation and risk of blackmail that goes along with that. Even in this trailer it’s pretty powerful stuff.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Young gay Iranians, having endured torture and imprisonment by Iran’s secret police, have escaped their homeland and managed to find temporary refuge with the United Nations Turkey.
‘Living in small conservative communities, closeted and jobless in an unending limbo, they endure a years-long process of interviews that they hope will result in permission to resettle in the west, and with it, the freedom to love without penalty.’
Take a look at the trailer below.