Innis College Hosts Queer Spirits! Film Festival Toronto
In conjunction with the Multifaith Centre at the University of Toronto, Innis College has recently played host to the Toronto premiere of two powerful films. Taking a Chance on God, the story of ground-breaking gay Catholic priest John J. McNeill launched the festival on January 30, with New York director and producer Brendan Fay in attendance for the screening. MacNeill himself joined the event via Skype and Cinema Studies Institute graduate student, Kamran Ahmed, participated in a lively post-screening discussion to a packed house at Innis Town Hall.
Another Toronto premiere, Seventh-Gay Adventists, a story of faith on the margins screened on February 13 also drew a large crowd, stirring discussion and debate on a variety of topics relating to sexual diversity andfaith.
Call Me Kuchu, a portrayal of gay activism in Uganda, was also screened with Professor Kass Banning from the Cinema Studies Institute moderating a discussion with representatives from “Pride Uganda International”, LGBQT Global Human Rights, as well as Helen Kennedy, a Canadian social activist who represents EGALE (“Equality for Gays and Lessbians Everywhere”).
Deepa Mehta’s acclaimed feature on women in love in India, Fire, will round out the festival on February 27 at 7 pm in the Innis Town Hall. A panel discussion and Q & A will follow the screening.