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Saturday 23 March 2024 -
15:00 to 18:00
Nuns Island Theatre

Five Films For Freedom is coming to Galway Arts Centre this year on 23 March from 15:00-18:00 for a FREE screening and panel discussion!

Dive into the world of LGBTQIA+ cinema and hear from a panel of filmmakers and academics on this years five films while celebrating global LGBTQIA+ stories, in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual rights.

This is the tenth anniversary edition of the Five Films for Freedom programme where we will showcase global LGBTQIA+ stories that resonate with strength and spirit, from the historic defiance of Compton's 22 in San Francisco to the heartfelt journey of love and understanding in Halfway. This year's selection, including Little One, Cursive, and The First Kiss, dives deep into themes of family, identity, and the universal quest for acceptance. For more information on these films see below.

The screening will be held in Nuns Island Theatre in Galway, Ireland and will be followed by a panel discussion with local and international filmmakers and academics who will breakdown the films in the context of LGBTQ+ rights generally and in an Irish context. There will also be a Q+A as part of this conversation which will allow audience members the chance to ask their burning questions. There will be more information on the speakers available shortly.

Tickets to this event are FREE and will be available on Eventbrite.

Watch the Five Films for Freedom 2024 trailer

This Years Films

Little One

Directed by Clister Santos (Philippines – 9 mins)

A pregnant mother, unsure of how to raise a child, arranges an interview with her two gay dads but fate intervenes when his dad suffers a heart attack. Memories captured on an old camcorder help her reflect on their family's history.


Directed by Isabel Steubel Johnson (UK – 9 mins)

When a woman on the verge of a breakup gets help from a mysterious stranger to improve her handwriting, she finds the inner voice she longed for all along.


Directed by Kumar Chheda (India – 14 mins)

A turbulent couple ends up at different entrances of Juhu Beach, forcing them to walk towards each other and meet halfway.

The First Kiss

Directed by Miguel Lafuente (Spain – 9 mins)

Today is a special day for Andi, heading to Madrid to have his first date with a boy he's met online, but things don’t turn out quite as he expected.

Compton's 22 

Directed by Drew de Pinto (USA – 18 mins)

Three years prior to Stonewall, transgender sex workers and drag queens revolted against police violence at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Compton’s 22 imagines what happened.