The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 10 minutes
When Daniel Ashley Pierce was confronted about his sexual orientation by his family in a “religious intervention,” the scene turned startlingly dramatic and violent. From the team behind acclaimed 40th CIFF Virtual Reality experience “Across the Line,” this film uses real audio combined with Virtual Reality to put the audience inside the story. With 40% of homeless youth in America identifying as LGBTQ, the piece shines light on this terrible statistic and further reveals that the majority of those facing homelessness come from communities of color. Equal parts tragic and hopeful, the film ends with resilience and courage as Daniel and three other LGBTQ youth share their triumph over despair and remind us that all young people need to be true to themselves.
RECOMMENDED FOR PERSONS 18 YEARS OR OLDER
Part of the Perspectives exhibition for immersive storytelling, featuring Interactive Media, Virtual Reality, and more.
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