Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

Love Free or Die


Year: 2012
Country: USA
Run Time: 88 minutes

Love Free or Die
Love Free or Die

An eye-opening documentary about the controversial clash of homosexuality and religion, LOVE FREE OR DIE tells the story of Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire and the first openly gay partnered person to be consecrated in the three largest high church traditions of Christendom—Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican. Refusing to live a lie, Gene endures constant prejudice, criticism, and even death threats as he fights for equality within a religion that preaches love, acceptance, and honesty. A truly selfless, warm Christian, Gene denounces discrimination of any form and believes that the Church needs to take responsibility for what its scripture empowers people to do—love. Following Gene from his 2008 civil union to the 2009 Episcopal General Convention, in which they voted on the justification of both the consecration of gay bishops and the blessing of same-sex marriages in states where it is legal, LOVE FREE OR DIE reverently covers progressively significant civil rights issues our country faces today. – M.M.

Love Free or Die

CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Macky Alston

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Raised in the American South, Macky Alston comes from a long line of ministers and is a graduate of the Union Theological Seminary. As Director of Auburn Media, a division of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary, he promotes responsible, engaging religious voices and programs in media. His esteemed documentaries have earned him multiple awards, including the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and the Gotham Open Palm Award.

Select Filmography
"Family Name" (1997), "Questioning Faith: Confessions of a Seminarian" (2002), "The Killer Within" (2006), "Hard Road Home" (2007), LOVE FREE OR DIE (2012)

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of TIMOTHY J. DOWNING and KEN PRESS.

Community Partners

Human Rights Campaign

Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce

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