On Wednesday, October 21, The Abominable Crime screens at The Drum, the U.K.'s premier intercultural arts center.
The Pulitzer Center-supported documentary by filmmaker Micah Fink tells the emotional and physical journeys of Maurice 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 screening occurs during Black History Month in the United Kingdom. The Drum describes itself as "one of Birmingham’s crown jewels, a thriving arts centre operating in the midst of a deprived area yet connected to a rich past, a present brimming with intercultural opportunities, and a future full of challenges, possibilities and great potential."
"From its origins in the early 1990s determined to address the absence of Black and Minority Ethnic voices and presence in the mainstream, The Drum has evolved into a modern arts organisation serving the needs of diverse audiences and communities locally, regionally and nationally," the center states on its website.
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."
This screening was made possible with support from www.moviesthatmatter.nl
The Abominable Crime Screening
Wednesday, October 21
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
144 Potters Lane
Aston, Birmingham B6 4UU