Chosen Family (USA, 20 min 40 seg )
Directed by: Neha Gautam
Even with the increased visibility of LGBTQ+ struggles and individuals, many public spaces remain inherently unsafe for Queer People of Color (QPOC). For many people who experience oppression at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, recent gains in legal rights do little to ensure that they are safe in the public sphere. The creation and maintenance of separate and private spaces for LGBTQ+ identified people is often a necessary tactic for survival. Chosen Family, highlights the story of 5 women identified people of color who create an intentional safe space in an attempt to foster community and build their 'Chosen Family'.
By: Maria Akay
Neha Gautam’s eye-opening film Chosen Family features interviews with five women living in a Queer-friendly home in New York City as well as other relevant interviews with people active in the LGBT community. What’s most striking about Gautam’s film is the relatability of all the personalities introduced to the viewer. Each woman, while speaking about their personal lives, are secure in themselves and their image. Through their charm and self-assuredness, they invite the viewer to listen to their struggles and respect them for it. These women present the importance of safety and acceptance in their personal and professional lives, all while seeming to be your friendly next door neighbors in Queens, NY.
Chosen Family is an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival and will be shown during the festival on October 12-18, 2015.