The Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents:
Gay Chorus Deep South

David Charles Rodrigues

David Charles Rodrigues









1 h 40 min


Winner of 2019 Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival; Winner of Best Documentary at Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; Winner of Overall Choice and Music Documentary at Northwest Fest; Winner of Best Documentary at Pink Apple; Winner of Best Documentary at Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival; Winner of Best Shout Film at Sidewalk Film Festival; Nominee for Best LGBTQ Documentary by GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics

Previous Festivals

Tribeca Film Festival; Reel Q: Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival; São Paulo International Film Festival; Northwest Fest; Nashville Film Festival; Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film FestivalBerkshire International Film Festival; Merlinka Festival

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in the southern US and the divisive 2016 elections, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir embarks on a daring tour of the American Deep South. An official selection at the 2019 Inside Out LGBT Toronto Film Festival.

Over 300 singers travelled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma, Alabama. They performed in churches, community centres, and concert halls in hopes of uniting people in a divisive period. The journey also challenges Tim and other choir members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a personal journey toward reconciliation. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of an America where the things that divide people – faith, politics, sexual identity – are set aside by the soaring power of music, humanity, and a little drag.

Discussion to be led by Graeme Reid, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch.

Special performance by Singing Out, Toronto’s LGBTQ+ chorus.

Sat Feb 1, 7:30 pm


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St W, Toronto