This film screening is hosted by the Program in Sexuality Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the LGBTQ Representation and Rights Research Initiative. It is co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of Communication at UNC, the Social and Economic Justice Minor at UNC and the UNC School of Media and Journalism.
As leader of the world’s only LGBT political party, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation in the halls of Congress is not an easy feat. Bemz and her eclectic team of queer political warriors must rethink traditional campaign strategies to amass support from unlikely places. Taking their equality campaign to small-town hair salons and regional beauty pageants, the activists mobilize working-class trans hairdressers and beauty queens to join the fight against their main political opponent, a homophobic evangelical preacher, and prove to the Filipino electorate that it’s time to take the rights of LGBT people seriously. But as outsiders trying to get inside the system, will they have to compromise their political ideals in order to win? Culminating on election day, Out Run provides a unique look into the challenges LGBT people face as they transition into the mainstream and fight for dignity, legitimacy and acceptance across the globe.
Out Run first premieres in Durham at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival on Friday, April 8. More information can be found on the event page. Attendees are welcome to meet the filmmakers following the Full Frame screening at Bull McCabes in Durham.