Film subject and international LGBT rights advocate Maurice Tomlinson in attendanceBuy Tickets Friday, May 16th, 7pm
Kennedy School Theater
The Abominable Crime, at heart, is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s troubled love for his country. It also gives voice to gay Jamaicans who, in the face of endemic anti-gay violence, are forced to flee their homeland.
Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaica’s leading human-rights activist, is outed shortly after filing a lawsuit challenging his country’s anti-sodomy law. After receiving a flood of death threats, he escapes to Canada, then risks everything to return to continue his activism.
Simone Edwards, a young lesbian single mother, survives a brutal anti-gay shooting. Now she must choose between hiding with her daughter in Jamaica in constant fear for their lives or escaping alone to seek safety and asylum abroad. Told firsthand as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotionally gripping journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians, and offer an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
The Abominable Crime: Dir Micah Fink USA 2013 66 min
Community Partner: OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon