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"The Abominable Crime" Film Screening at Cosmos Club


Event Date:

May 20, 2016 | 4:00 PM EDT TO 5:00 PM EDT
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The Abominable Crime screens in DC on Friday, May 20, with an introduction by human rights lawyer Maurice Tomlinson, one of the film's two main characters and one of Jamaica's leading LGBTI activists.

The Pulitzer Center-supported documentary by filmmaker Micah Fink tells the emotional and physical journeys of Tomlinson and Simone Edwards, two Jamaicans who are forced to choose whether to live somewhere where they are persecuted because of their sexual orientation or to leave their homes and families.

The Abominable Crime had its world premiere in 2013 in San Francisco at the 37th International Frameline Film Festival, the largest and oldest gay and lesbian film festival in the world. As Fink was putting the finishing touches on the film before the premiere, he wrote, "But the truth is that a film like this is never really finished. While the pictures end and the credits roll, the film is just part of a much larger story that continues on. Buggery is still a crime in Jamaica, homophobia continues to be socially acceptable, and new abuses and atrocities are being committed every month. Life goes on."

The documentary has screened around the globe since its world premiere, including public screenings in Jamaica in 2015.

Seats are limited for this free event. Registration required.

The film is presented in association with the Institute of Current World Affairs' symposium on "The Geopolitics of LGBT Rights." With support from

Please note that the Cosmos Club has strict dress code requirements. Dress code is business attire. For men "business attire" means coats and ties. For women "business attire" means dresses, suits, skirts or dress slacks with jackets or tops of equivalent formality. Sweat suits or other athletic or sports attire, jeans or other denim garments, sneakers, flip-flops, athletic shoes, athletic sandals, shorts (and for men, hats) are not acceptable for either ladies or gentlemen in the public rooms of the Club. Adults are responsible for ensuring that children's attire is equally presentable.

The Abominable Crime
Friday, May 20, 2016
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008


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