Thursday was the day for watching the documentary “Chasing Rainbows,'” about the homosexuals and their right to get married in church. The documentary contained the discussion between the church and the opposing part, the homosexuals. There are several hostile attitudes towards this specific and much debated subject.
The documentary isn’t all about the debate with the Anglican Church, but also how others feel and what they think. Andermann went around and interviewed people about the topic, and we could clearly see that there are those who definitely support them and their search for equality and understanding, but also that there are some fairly hostile people out there.
Making a documentary on this is actually quite smart. By presenting arguments from both sides we can gain knowledge and understanding. It might open for toleration and better the situation for the homosexuals. Right now, America, and probably the rest of the world, struggles with prejudices.
Here in Hawaii the concept of same-sex unions was rejected by Governor Linda Lingle. She didn’t want to decide whether Hawaii should introduce it or not, because she believed it to be something that the whole state should vote on. This, on the other hand, is quite democratic. Lingle thought it was too important for her to decide on her own.
I really enjoyed this documentary. It is important to make films about such debated topics. We have to face them in order to make the situation better. We have to reveal the weaknesses in the society in order to make it possible for the less privileged to gain equality. This can actually be linked to an important theory I learnt in my communication class: standpoint theory. Homosexuals have identified the issues, created standpoints and revealed the weaknesses- in order to do something about it. If they hadn’t been aware of the inequalities they wouldn’t have been able to better the situation.
Director Greg Andermann shared with us some of his views of the movie. My friend Kristian and I have put together this movie for you, with clips of what he told us.