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Filmmaker Micah Fink Visits University of Chicago, Screens "The Abominable Crime"

Event Date:

April 17, 2014 | 7:00 PM EDT
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Jamaica has the reputation of being one of the most violently anti-gay countries on earth. Male...

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Simone Edwards at a refugee camp in Holland. Image by Common Good Productions. Netherlands, 2013.

Join Pulitzer Center grantee and award-winning filmmaker Micah Fink on Thursday, April 17 at the University of Chicago for a screening of his full-length documentary, "The Abominable Crime." A Q&A session with Fink accompanies the screening.

With support from the Pulitzer Center, Fink spent more than four years traveling between Jamaica, Canada and the Netherlands to follow Jamaicans who were under the constant threat of harassment and violence because of their sexuality. Simone Edwards, a single mother who survives an anti-gay shooting, flees the country and seeks asylum in the Netherlands for her and her daughter. Maurice Tomlinson, a human rights lawyer, also eventually leaves Jamaica after his marriage to another man is made public. In Jamaica, attacks against individuals even considered gay and lesbian are frequent, and male homosexual acts are criminalized - and can be punished with up to 10 years of hard time in prison. The anti-buggery law is a legacy of the island's British colonial past.

RSVP for the event at "The Abominable Crime" at the University of Chicago.

Thursday, April 17
7-9 pm
University of Chicago
Cobb Lecture Hall
Film Studies Center, Room 307
Chicago, IL

The screening is part of Fink's two-day Campus Consortium visit to the University of Chicago. It is also part of the World Beyond the Headlines series presented by the University's Center for International Studies.


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