Wednesday 15 March 2023 to Sunday 26 March 2023

The world’s widest-reaching LGBTQ+ digital campaign returns from 15 to 26 March 2023.

Five Films for Freedom is a global programme which makes five short LGBTQIA+ themed films available for the world to see for free, online, during the 12 days of the BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, every March. Through our network, we encourage people everywhere to watch the films in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities, in recognition that Love is a Human Right.  

Five Films for Freedom is a global programme with local impact. Its success is due to the commitment and enthusiasm of British Council colleagues around the world.  

This year the five films chosen are...

All I Know by Obinna Robert Onyeri (Nigeria/USA)
Two friends meet for dinner, one goes to meet a stranger for a hook-up date while the other goes home. We follow a man’s search for his friend that puts him at risk of revealing life-altering secrets they both share.

Buffer Zone by Savvas Stavrou (UK/Cyprus)
Two young soldiers across enemy lines fall in love and find escape from their oppressive environments through music.

Butch Up! by Yu-jin Lee (Korea)
"Stop being miserable." After hearing her ex's last words to her, Mi-hae, a lead singer of an independent band, cannot get herself to sing the band's most popular song, Oppa's Girl.

Eating Papaw on the Seashore by Rae Wiltshire and Nickose Layne (Guyana)
A coming-of-age film about Asim and Hasani, two queer Guyanese boys, navigating their feelings in a homophobic society.

Just Johnny by Terry Loane (UK – Northern Ireland)
Maria and Dermot's straightforward family life takes a sudden turn when their son Johnny announces that he wants to wear a dress for his Holy Communion. Both parents are keen to do what is best for Johnny, but their different opinions almost pull the happy family apart.