Love Across the World: International Film Night with Filmmaker Paula Stromberg
Love Across the World:
International Film Night with Filmmaker Paula Stromberg
Grant Hall Hotel Theatre
401 Main Street North
Monday, September 11 @ 7:00pm
Moose Jaw Pride is celebrating love across the world with a film night focused on international LGBT+ issues. Journalist-filmmaker and former Moose Jaw resident, Paula Stromberg will screen three gay, lesbian and transgender documentaries at Grant Hall Hotel Theatre on September 11 @ 7:00pm.
Stromberg’s documentary screenings, Transgender Wedding, The Cleansing, and Family is Like Skin – Lesbians in Cambodia, her presentation, and audience Q & A discussion is sponsored by Moose Jaw Pride.
Paula Stromberg, who attended Central Collegiate high school in Moose Jaw in the sixties, collaborates with women’s empowerment, LGBTQ and human rights groups around the world. Her documentaries have screened with activist groups and film festivals in SE Asia, USA, across Canada and in Europe.
Stromberg’s story writing, newspapers, photography and art designs have won more than 50 national and international awards.
The Grant Hall Hotel features limited recliner seating in its second floor theatre. Admission is by donation.
For more information, contact: Joe Wickenhauser
About the Films
Transgender Wedding – Rural Cambodia (6 minutes)
This short documentary, shot in a poor, rural village located in Kampong Speu province, several hours drive outside Phnom Penh, covers one of the first “legal” transgender weddings in Cambodia. Various wedding guests speak about their joy and hopes for the couple while in the background kitchen workers prepare celebration food, and people go through elaborate hair and make up preparations for the “New House” party which lasts two days.
The Cleansing (17 minutes)
The Cleansing is about a gay Ashanti man who was discovered in bed with his boyfriend and fled the country after relatives insisted he undergo a traditional shrine cleansing that was likely to kill him. After fleeing West Africa and arriving in Vancouver “by irregular means”, he was helped by Rainbow Refugee Committee to be accepted into Canada.
Family is Like Skin – Lesbians in Cambodia (8 minutes)
This 8-minute documentary by Canadian filmmaker activist Paula Stromberg and Rainbow Coalition of Kampuchea (RoCK) tells the story of lesbians in Cambodia. Features long term couples who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s, as well as young lesbians often facing societal discrimination today. Many Cambodian lesbians attending RoCK meetings shown in the movie had never left their rural villages before.
Unique considerations of Cambodian lesbians include the importance of family acceptance, staying with your family, and living in a Buddhist country where homosexuality is not criminalized. (This movie has been screened by Palm Springs Queer Film Festival, Winnipeg, Montreal, Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2015, as well as Paris Cineffable film festival in France as well as Milan, Italy at MilanoMIX festival in July 2016.