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Caught Between Creativity and Convention

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents

Play the Devil

Monday, July 23rd
7:00 pm

Gregory, a gifted working-class teenager from Paramin, stars in a play that brings him to the attention of James, an affluent businessman. The two men strike an uncanny friendship as James takes Greg under his wing, pushing him to discover himself professionally, creatively, and intimately.

Play the Devil

“A powerful sense of place deepens a simple melodrama in Play the Devil… In a provincial setting where homosexuality apparently is still stigmatized and closeted, the writer-director effectively uses the primal intensity of Carnival rituals to express a tragic dissonance.” — The Hollywood Reporter

However, Greg’s poverty allows James to exert enormous pressures on Greg by paying his way into his family life. Their ultimate confrontation begs the question: “When we give, how often is it entirely altruistic?”

Set against the backdrop of Trinidad and Tobago’s mystical Carnival, Play The Devil shatters conventions of sexuality, masculinity, morality and individuality through its unapologetic multi-layered explorations of power dynamics, religion and aspirations.

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Transgender Champion Boxer Fighting to Live Their Truth

City of Asylum (2018)

ReelQ Presents

The Beautiful Boxer

Monday, June 18th
7:00 pm

The Beautiful Boxer is the controversial 2003 biopic detailing the helter-skelter life of transgender (‘kathoey’) Muay Thai fighter, Nong Thoom.

Nong had always been aware of her gender from a young age. After spending time in a Buddhist monastery, she decided to pursue boxing and Muay Thai to support her underprivileged parents and to afford gender reassignment surgery.

Nong Thoom

Nong continued to rise to fame as a successful “lady-boy” boxer at the prestigious Lumprini Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. At the epicenter of all things Muay Thai, Nong went on to become a champion, revitalizing the Muay Thai scene in Thailand and across the globe.

The film, while winning awards and nominations in Europe, Asia and America, raised temperatures in Thailand where censors balked at the frontal nudity.

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ReelQ Returns to Alphabet City!

City of Asylum (2018)

The Last Match
(La Partida)

Monday, February 19th
7:00 pm

ReelQ is back with a screening of The Last Match (La Partida), the first in a series of films they will be presenting here at Alphabet City in 2018!

Rey lives with his girlfriend, son and grandmother in a poor Cuban neighborhood. At night, Rey rents his body to foreign tourists. By day, he does the only thing that interests him in life: playing soccer.

The Last Match

When Rey begins to develop a romantic relationship with his teammate Yosvani, he is forced to keep this affair a secret or jeopardize a possible pro-soccer career that would allow him to escape poverty and prostitution. In this hostile environment—and in secret—Rey and Yosvani will begin a love story, for which they will have to fight against all odds.

This film is for mature audiences only and includes scenes with nudity and sexual situations.

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An Important Film for Our Time

City of Asylum (2017)
ReelQ Pittsburgh Presents

Freedom to Marry

Friday, January 20th
7:00 pm

Rainbow Fist

The struggle for equality on all fronts is hard fought and its victories hard won. This Friday, get a behind-the-scenes view of the triumphs and struggles of the marriage equality movement.

Freedom to Marry (presented by the ReelQ Pittsburgh) is a “war room” style documentary that follows architect of the same-sex marriage movement, Evan Wolfson, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto and her clients, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse in the days leading up to the final 2015 Supreme Court decision. While you already know the ending, this film conveys every bit of the suspense and stakes of the most successful civil rights movements in recent history.

This film demonstrates the value of determination and that triumphs are possible. Don’t miss this one!

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