Quick Guide to LGBTQI Related Films, Documentaries, and TV Shows

This list was made for KU Leuven Pride Week 2020! In collaboration with Leonardo LGBT International, LOKO, Stura Diversity, and the KU Leuven LGBTQI InfoPoint.

 

The last couple of years have seen a huge increase in the number of LGBT+ related movies and TV shows available on mainstream streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, as well as film festivals and regular movie theaters.

As part of the 2020 KU Leuven Pride Week and the ongoing series of conversations on LGBTQI Representation, UNDIVIDED, together with Leonardo LGBT International and other student initiatives at KU Leuven, put together a list of LGBTQI related films, documentaries and TV shows that can help you to orient yourself better in the flood of LGBTQI related titles available online. We put together this list of movies to complement our recent programs  promoting LGBTQI representation, and so we tried to compile as diverse a list as possible to gather options for everyone, whether you are an LGBTQI movie expert or are a newbie to queer media.

 

Films

1- Milk (2008) (ENG)

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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2kD-9QZOs4

A film mapping the real story of Harvey Milk, an American activist, who faces several difficulties while fighting for gay rights and becomes California’s first openly gay official to be elected to public office.

 

 

 

 

2- The Normal Heart (2014) (ENG)

Available on HBO/Amazon Prime Video.

Film Review] The Normal Heart (2014) – Cinema Omnivore

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZxR9XHS0H8

A film taking place in the early 1980s, the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York led to an emergence of LGBTQ+ activists. With support from the medical community, they try to raise awareness about the disease.

 

 

 

 

3- Moonlight (2016) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

Moonlight (2016) - IMDb

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NJj12tJzqc

A film about a young African-American man who grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

 

 

 

 

4- A Moment in the Reeds (2017) (ENG/FINISH) (subtitles available)

Available on Amazon Prime Video

A Moment in the Reeds (2017) ǀ Bioscoopagenda

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watchv=5oyJodhVRok&t=2s

Having moved to Paris for university, this film follows Leevi who returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and spend a few days discovering one another during the Finnish midsummer.

 

 

 

 

5- Silent Stories (2011)  (ENG)

Silent Stories (2011)Trailier:https://www.imdb.com/video/vi1873647641?playlistId=tt1737734&ref_=tt_ov_vi

Silent Stories is a poetical portrait of two men and two women whose sexual identity forced them to leave Dakar, Algiers, Conakry and Baghdad

 

 

 

 

6- Sheer Qorma (2020) (URDU/ENG/HINDI)

Sheer Qorma

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yA8NXwL7Ac

Sheer Qorma is a story of belonging and acceptance, identity and family told through courageous, queer women who choose to embrace the love that exists beyond their personal beliefs and social moralities.

 

 

 

 

7- Sisak (2017) (Silent Film)

 

Sisak (2017)Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOA7LJf89vY

SISAK is India’s first LGBT silent film about two men who meet each other over a period of many nights in the Mumbai local train.

 

 

 

 

8- Hann (2018) (Icelandic -Subs available)

Available on YouTube

(Short Film)

Hann (2018) Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saPvavEHTKo

An Icelandic short film written and produced for LGBTQ+ teens struggling with their identity, to inspire them to take the most important step in their lives.

 

 

9-BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017) (FR- subs available)

Available on Hulu

120 BPM - Film Reviews - CrossfaderTrailer:https://www.youtube.com/watchv=UVAw7JfTqBU

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

 

 

 

 

 

10- Tangerine(2015) ( ENG subtitles)

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After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a sex worker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him, and his new lover, a lesson.

 

 

 

11- Laurence Anyways (2012)

Available on Amazon Prime Video

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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YjIWEky81M

Laurence Anyways is a Canadian romantic drama film written, edited, and directed by Xavier Dolan. It describes a love story between a woman named Fred and a transgender woman named Laurence who reveals her inner desire to become her true self, a woman.

 

 

 

 

12-The Secrets (Ha-Sodot) (2007) (Hebrew -ENG subtitles)

Available on Amazon Prime and Apple TV

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Film from an Israeli production depicting the story of Naomi and Michelle who develop feelings for each other and keep their dark secret in the closet, away from the male dominated society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13- Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) (FR- Subtitles available)

Available on Amazon Prime

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Blue Is the Warmest Colour – the highly controversial movie and lesbian-must-see that won the Palme d’Or winner at the 66th Cannes Film Festival – tells a story of a 15-year old Adele and her way to understand her identity and sexuality through an intense relationship with an older art student Emma.

 

 

 

 

14- Nanette by Hannah Gadsby (2018) (ENG)

Stand-up Comedy. Available on Netflix.

Hannah Gadsby - Nanette - Amazon.com MusicTrailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aE29fiatQ0

Nanette is a live Stand-Up comedy performance written and performed by Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, which debuted in 2017. The work includes social commentary, evocative speech punctuated by comedy and emotive narration of Gadsby’s life, learnings and what her story offers to the world.

 

Documentaries

1- 5B (2018) (ENG)

Available on Amazon Prime

Amazon.com: Watch 5B | Prime VideoTrailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48m65zguIdc

At the heart of the HIV/AIDs crisis and widespread hysteria, a single number and letter designated a ward on the fifth floor of San Francisco General Hospital, the first in the country designed specifically to deal with AIDS patients. The unit’s nurses’ emphasis on humanity and consideration of holistic well-being was a small miracle amid a devastating crisis and the ensuing panic about risk and infection.

 

 

2-‘Mijn seks is stuk’ by Lize Korpershoek (2019) (NL)

Screen Shot 2020-05-12 at 09.55.17.pngIn this documentary the filmmaker investigates why her desire for sex within her relationships always disappears after the first crush. Can love last without sex? And why do we find sex so important?”

 

 

 

 

 

3- ‘Mijn zus Zahra’ By Saddie Choua (2006) (NL)

MIJN ZUS ZAHRAZahra, de zus van de filmmaakster, valt op meisjes en dat zorgde voor heel wat opschudding in hun Marokkaans-Belgisch gezin.

 

 

 

 

 

4- Shunned: Palestine’s LGBT Community (Global Documentary) (2019) (ENG/Arabic)

Available on YouTube

Shunned: Palestine's LGBT Community (Global Documentary) | Real ...Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTiE4xTvPzA

Documentary about the internal struggle of the Palestinian LGBTQ+ community is constant and often overshadowed by the Israeli Palestinian conflict. “Shunned” delves into a community about which very little is known or spoken of.

 

5- Of Love & Law (2019) (Japanese- Subs available)

More Information: http://ofloveandlaw.com/.

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Documentary about Fumi and Kazu who are partners in love and law; they run the first law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. As lawyers driven by their own experience of being outsiders, they attract a range of clients who reveal the hidden diversity of a country that prides itself for collective obedience, politeness and conformity. Their ‘misfit’ clients include a teacher who was dismissed for not singing the national anthem, and Rokudenashiko – the vagina artist, sued by the police for obscenity, for trying to escape the country’s patriarchal systems in a vagina-shaped canoe. Complete with cats and musical interludes, Of Love & Law is a story of family, justice and love.

6- Before Stonewall (1984) (ENG)

Available on Amazon Prime

Before Stonewall" Screens Across City to Commemorate 50th ...Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atrlRznk4Z4

The riots that followed the arrests at New York City’s Stonewall Inn in 1969 are widely considered to be a major development in the history of gay and lesbian rights in America. This documentary investigates national cultural perceptions of homosexuality before the event, looking back on previous decades, particularly in regard to conflicts with police and censorship. In addition to interviews with activists and scholars, the film includes the reflections of renowned writer Allen Ginsberg.

 

 

7- A Secret Love (2020) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

A Secret Love (2020) - IMDb

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghv3-lpFOcc

A documentary about A former baseball player who keeps her lesbian relationship a secret from her family for seven decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8- The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson - film 2017 - AlloCinéTrailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pADsuuPd79E

Documentary in which filmmakers re-examine the 1992 death of transgender legend Marsha P. Johnson, who was found floating in the Hudson River. Originally ruled a suicide, many in the community believe she was murdered.

 

 

9- Growing Up Gay (2017) (ENG)

Available on YouTube

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Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E_tG5W2tos&t=105s

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu5QR3cf3vc

Documentary in which Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander explores the mental health issues faced by members of the LGBT+ community.

 

10- Strijders voor de liefde (2015) (ENG/NL)

Available on YouTube

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y2R0vqUQk4.

Fighters for LoveTrailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-RMGeutKXU

Documentary in the context of the Gay Pride in which Sipke Jan Bousema searches at home and abroad for the men and women who have to fight daily to express their love openly and safely. In the film, Sipke Jan searches for the importance of Gay Pride in the Netherlands and contrasts it with the situation in other countries. How far have Dutch LGBTs (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) already come? And how great is the contrast with the many LGBTs worldwide in countries where such a party is unthinkable

 

 

11-Paris Is Burning (1990) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

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This documentary focuses on Queens living in New York City and their “house” culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Groups from each house compete in elaborate balls that take cues from the world of fashion. Also touching on issues of racism and poverty, the film features interviews with a number of renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.

 

12- Holebipioniers (2015) (NL)

More information: www.holebipioniers.be

Educational website with interviews on LGBT history

 

TV-Shows

1- Pose (2018) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

Pose (TV Series 2018– ) - IMDbTrailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4JTpq_PkMs

Pose is set in the world of 1987 and “looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene , the AIDS crisis, and the ballroom world.

 

 

 

 

 

2-Special (2019) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

Special (TV series) - WikipediaTrailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8S9Gxrp-uI

A young gay man with cerebral palsy who branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.

 

 

 

 

 

3- Euphoria (2018) (ENG)

Available on Amazon Prime

Euphoria Season 2 Release, Cast, Plot And Who Are New Characters ...Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cajLoaFl2Zo

An American adaptation of the Israeli show of the same name, “Euphoria” follows the troubled life of 17-year-old Rue, a drug addict fresh from rehab with no plans to stay clean. Circling in Rue’s orbit are Jules, a transgender girl searching for where she belongs; Nate, a jock whose anger issues mask sexual insecurities; Chris, a football star who finds the adjustment from high school to college harder than expected; Cassie, whose sexual history continues to dog her; and Kat, a body-conscious teen exploring her sexuality. As the classmates struggle to make sense of their futures, the series tackles the teenage landscape of substance-enhanced parties and anxiety-ridden day-to-day life with empathy and candor.

 

4- The L Word (2004) (ENG)

Available on Amazon Prime

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Follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of gay women living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loathe them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5- Orange is the new Black (2013) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

Orange Is the New Black - Série TV 2013 - AlloCinéTrailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY0qzXi5oJg

Ten years after transporting drug money to Alex, Piper is imprisoned for the crime. The toughness of prison changes her drastically as an individual, compelling her to do the unthinkable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Sense8 (2015) (Multiple languages. Subs available)

Available on Netflix

Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Tuppence Middleton, Tina Desai, Jamie Clayton, and Toby Onwumere in Sense8 (2015)Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKpKAlbJ7BQ

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7- Eastsiders (2012) (ENG)

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What happens after the world ends? Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson, “EastSiders” explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake. When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever?

 

8- Queer Eye (2018) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

Queer Eye,” more than a makeover – NexusTrailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZMrivD2Aok

More than a decade after the original series went off the air, Netflix reboots the “Queer Eye” franchise with a new Fab Five and a new setting, trading in the concrete jungle of New York City for communities in and around Atlanta. The style experts forge relationships with men and women who often have different beliefs from them, leading to moments of social commentary interspersed with style advice. Advising people in need of lifestyle makeovers are food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski, interior designer Bobby Berk, grooming consultant Jonathan Van Ness, fashion designer Tan France and culture expert Karamo Brown, who reality TV fans may recognize as one of the housemates on “The Real World: Philadelphia.” David Collins, who created the original show, is on board as an executive producer.

 

9. Ru Paul’s Drag Race  + Uncut (2009) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Moves to Showtime: When Will it ...Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jf5IU7GmuI

The title of America’s Next Drag Superstar is on the line for a new group of 13 glamour queens on the fourth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The contestants compete in a series of elimination challenges that culminate with one player winning $100,000, a lifetime supply of cosmetics, a headline spot on Logo’s “Drag Race” tour, and a one-of-a-kind trip. TV personality Michelle Visage, fashion designer Santino Rice, and makeup artist Billy B join RuPaul on the judges’ panel. A roster of guest judges includes actress Elvira, singer Wynonna Judd, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, author Dan Savage, and actress Regina King

10- Feel Good (2020) (ENG)

Available on Netflix

Mae Martin and Charlotte Ritchie in Feel Good (2020)Trailer: imdb.com/video/vi2912599577?playlistId=tt10098620&ref_=tt_ov_vi

Netflix. TV-Drama SeriesThe series follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviors and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life.

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY WATCHING! 

 

 

UNDIVIDED for KU Leuven

UNDIVIDED is a student-faculty diversity initiative at KU Leuven. For a more inclusive university. Contact us at UNDIVIDED@kuleuven.be or on our social media.

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