Last Thursday I was once again reminded on how broad the impact of HIFF is and how relevant many of its showings are. ‘Chasing Rainbows’ is a movie that seeks the ‘real truth’ in the debate around same-sex marriages and is exceedingly applicable to last week’s news; it premiered on the HIFF Festival only ONE day after a court in California decided that openly homosexual people are allowed to enlist for the US ARMY. The question of gay rights are highly relevant nowadays.
The movie is a documentary featuring a great collection of different standpoints from different perspectives. With the help of psychologists, religious leaders and homosexual couples, the movie ultimately explores this widely disputed issue arguing all aspects, one after one (as nature vs. nurture, civil rights etc.) – truly an effective and clean way of illustrating this tricky and heated discussion!
What strikes me is how neutral this documentary is; it was really great to see how balanced the arguments were, and how the featured panel of experts represented different perspectives. The director himself stated after the showing that he tried to be “as neutral as possible”, and that the selection of the panel was a difficult process. After the showing myself and a fellow student filmed the director’s comments on this, check it out here: Greg Andermann speaks
The movie is –(even though I found it to be a little too long) – a great path to walk for those who seek a broader insight in the debate of same-sex marriages, or the homosexual debate in general. In an unbiased and captivating way the movie leaves the audience touched and illuminated. Greg Andermann has directed a high-quality and significant debate, that once again underlines the importance of documentaries as well as the span of the HIFF Festival. Highly recommended.
There is no ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ after this movie – ‘Chasing Rainbows’ says it all.
—- A LITTLE SIDE NOTE:
Personally I can’t understand the inequality that conservative minds embrace. Is is despicable that a country founded on a thought that all should be equal and have the same oppurtunities actually prevents this from being a fact. The way I see it the ‘American Dream’ is exactly that; it is not real to all of members of society. Despite the fact that we soon enter the second decade of the new millenium, our progresses when it comes to civil rights are far behind.
From my perspective the matter of sexes are not that ‘black and white’ as many people think. Homosexual and heterosexual are terms that society has created itself (social constructs) in order to systematize it; the terms are just mental yardsticks (and very bipolar) which ultimately fails to recognize that there probably is a scale – with several stages – between the two ends.