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FORBIDDEN: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America

  • Tivoli Cinemas 4050 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

"FORBIDDEN: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America"
Comes to Kansas City for an Interactive Community Screening


A breakthrough film about immigration and LGBT rights which the Southern Poverty Law Center recently recognized with its first-ever Social Justice Award comes to Kansas City on Saturday, June 24 at 11:00am for a special screening event at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport.  


FORBIDDEN is the powerful and inspiring story of Moises Serrano who was just a baby when his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the perilous journey across the desert in search of the American dream.  Growing up in rural North Carolina, Moises fell in love with a country that refused to recognize his full humanity - both as an undocumented immigrant and as a gay man. After 23 years growing up in the rural south where he is forbidden to live and love, Moises sees only one option — to fight for justice. 


The film follows Moises’ personal journey as an activist traveling across his home state as a voice for his community, all while trying to forge a path for his own future. FORBIDDEN powerfully illustrates the intersection of queer and immigrant issues and addresses the realities facing LGBTQ minorities who have grown up in the rural south surrounded by white faces and homophobic attitudes.


“Forbidden gives a powerful voice to undocumented immigrants and the LGBT community by showing in vivid detail the experiences of these communities,” said Lecia Brooks, SPLC outreach director. “Anybody who believes that immigration reform should simply be deporting people like Moises must watch this film to see the real lives and families affected by our nation’s immigration policies.


Moises Serrano will be appearing at this Kansas City screening via Skype to participate in live conversation with the audience. The event is co-presented by the Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance as part of the OUT HERE NOW: The 2017 Kansas City LGBT Film Festival. The festival is co-sponsored by the Kansas City Human Rights Commission’s Gay & Lesbian Task Force.