The Abominable Crime screens in London on Tuesday, October 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 everything they have ever known.
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."
While the documentary has screened around the globe since its world premiere, it only had its first series of public screenings in Jamaica in summer 2015.
The Abominable Crime grew out of Fink's Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project, "Glass Closet: Sex, Stigma and HIV/AIDS in Jamaica" with documentary filmmaker Gabrielle Weiss and multimedia journalist Lisa Biagiotti.
This screening was made possible with support from www.moviesthatmatter.nl
The Abominable Crime Screening
Tuesday, October 20
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Doughty Street Chambers
53-54 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LS
For any questions, please contact Helen Lawless: helenlawless[at]humandignitytrust.org