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Growing Up Gay
The mundane is rendered miraculous in these richly impressionistic evocations of the inner worlds of young boys grappling with questions of sexuality, identity, and religion. Director Terrance Daye drew inspiration from growing up Black and queer in a religious household to create his lyrical prizewinning short -SHIP: A VISUAL POEM, in which a boy learns contradictory lessons about masculinity in the wake of his cousin’s death. One of Britain’s greatest living filmmakers, Terence Davies, similarly exorcises his own childhood experiences in THE LONG DAY CLOSES, an at once enchanting and aching portrait of a a gay, movie-obsessed boy experiencing the first stirrings of longing in the repressed milieu 1950s England.