The Pulitzer Center is pleased to announce its first film festival opening on Thursday, September 19, with the Washington, DC, premiere of the award-winning film, "The Abominable Crime."

From September 20-26, there will be several additional screenings of "The Abominable Crime" as part of the Pulitzer Center Film Festival, "Global Crises, Human Stories," showcasing feature-length films and a shorts program, including award-winning work by Pulitzer Center journalists. See full Festival details.

At its heart, "The Abominable Crime" is a story about a mother's love for her child and an activist's troubled love for his country. It gives voice to Jamaicans like Simone Edwards, who survives an anti-gay shooting, and Maurice Tomlinson, a leading activist who is forced to flee the country after being outed. Told as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotional 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 intimate first-person perspectives on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad. Watch the trailer above.

Director Micah Fink will join Tomlinson in a discussion of the film after the September 19 DC premiere and a light reception will follow the discussion.

Thursday, September 19: DC Premiere
7 pm The Abominable Crime – DC premiere, discussion with director Micah Fink
Reception to follow
FREE, but reservations are required as seating is limited.
Please send your reservation request to: RSVP@pulitzercenter.org, with the subject line: "Sept. 19: DC Premiere"

All films will be shown at the West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Closest Metro stop: Foggy Bottom (blue/orange lines)


Full Film Festival Schedule

Screenings on September 20-26: tickets are $5 general admission, and $3 for students and seniors.

Tickets on sale week prior at http://www.westendcinema.com/

Friday, September 20:
5 pm: No Fire Zone
9:20 pm: Pulitzer Center Photojournalist Shorts

Saturday, September 21:
3 pm: The Abominable Crime
7 pm: Outlawed in Pakistan
Discussion with co-director Hilke Schellmann
Reception to follow

Sunday, September 22:
5 pm: Outlawed in Pakistan
9:20 pm: The Abominable Crime

Monday, September 23:
3 pm: No Fire Zone
7 pm: Seeds of Hope
Discussion and reception to follow

Tuesday, September 24:
5 pm: The Abominable Crime
8:30 pm: Reception in advance of Pulitzer Center Shorts (tickets for 9:20 pm show required)
9:20 pm: Pulitzer Center Photojournalist Shorts
Discussion with photojournalist Shiho Fukada ("Disposable Workers in Japan")

Wednesday, September 25:
3 pm: Outlawed in Pakistan
7 pm: No Fire Zone

Thursday, September 26:
5 pm: Seeds of Hope
9:20 pm: The Abominable Crime

Descriptions of films

All Films in the Festival:
The Abominable Crime: Homophobia's deadly consequences in Jamaica, and the fight for freedom, security––and understanding. Directed by Micah Fink.
No Fire Zone: The true story of war crimes committed at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009. Directed by Callum Macrae.
Outlawed in Pakistan: A rape victim's odyssey through her country's flawed justice system. Directed by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann.
Seeds of Hope: One woman shines a beacon of hope to dispel the despair of women survivors of rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Directed by Fiona Lloyd-Davies.
Pulitzer Center Photojournalist Shorts: A special shorts program featuring work by award-winning photojournalists including Shiho Fukada, Stephanie Sinclair, Dominic Bracco II, Larry C. Price, Andre Lambertson, Joshua Cogan, and Allison Shelley.

Project

Jamaica has the reputation of being one of the most violently anti-gay countries on earth. Male homosexual acts are criminalized – and can be punished with up to 10 years of hard time in prison. While this law is not actively enforced, it is widely seen as a bulwark against immorality.

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