'The Abominable Crime' Screens at Geopolitics of LGBT Rights Forum Series

Micah Fink (seated) and Maurice Tomlinson. Image by Amanda Ottaway. Philadelphia, 2014.

Simone and her daughter Khayla in hiding at a safe house outside of Kingston, Jamaica. Image by Micah Fink. Jamaica, 2009.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 05:30pm EDT (GMT -0400)

"The Abominable Crime" screening and discussion on Wednesday, July 15, is part of the Geopolitics of LGBT Rights Forum Series of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations.

"The Abominable Crime" is a Pulitzer Center-supported, award-winning documentary by filmmaker Micah Fink that explores the culture of homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of gay Jamaicans who are forced to choose between their homeland and their lives after their sexual orientations are exposed.

The film had its broadcast premiere on PBS World’s AfroPop series, and won the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival's inaugural Amnesty International Human Rights Prize for a Caribbean film that best highlights a human rights issue. In its award announcement, the Festival described filmmaker Micah Fink’s documentary as a "touching, troubling reflection of the struggle gays and lesbians in Jamaica face to achieve their rights."

The Abominable Crime Trailer from Common Good Productions on Vimeo.

A Q&A with Fink and human rights lawyer Maurice Tomlinson, a subject of the film who was forced to flee Jamaica, follows the screening.

This event is free, but please RSVP.

The Abominable Crime
Wednesday, July 15
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Rome Auditorium, Johns Hopkins SAIS
The Benjamin T. Rome Building
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Learn more about the Center for Transatlantic Relations' Geopolitics of LGBT Rights Forum Series.

The event comes a day before a related Pulitzer Center event at the Newseum. On Thursday, July 16, poet Kwame Dawes and photographer Andre Lambertson explore their Pulitzer Center-supported project, 'Shame: HIV/AIDS and the Church in Jamaica' as part of the Pulitzer Center-Newseum series 'Faith, Freedom, Sexuality, and Silence.' A separate RSVP is required for the July 16 event.