RECOMMENDED - Educational Media Reviews Online | RECOMMENDED - Library Journal | RECOMMENDED ★★★ - Video LibrarianLGBTQ Studies • Anthropology • Human Rights • Caribbean Studies • African Diaspora
Date of Completion: 2017 | Run Time: 18 minutes | Language: English | Captions: No | Includes: Transcript | Director: Sarah Feinbloom | Producer: Diana Fox
MANY LOVES, ONE HEART tells the story of the nascent LGBTQ movement in Jamaica by highlighting courageous members of the community and their allies, who have committed their lives to the Jamaican struggle for LGBTQ rights. Jamaica has frequently been cited for egregious homophobic violence by international press and human rights organizations. Challenging this often one-sided depiction, MANY LOVES, ONE HEART presents brave Jamaicans who are seeking to transform their island into a space of inclusivity where they can love freely. The documentary includes Spice, a gay, homeless youth with dreams; Mo, one of the first openly trans individuals in the Jamaica police force, who hopes one day to marry his partner; Dane, the Executive Director of J-FLAG, the leading LGBTQ human rights organization in Jamaica; and Father Sean Major-Campbell, who broke with much of the religious establishment to preach love, inclusion, and allyship with conviction and courage. Scenes of Jamaica’s second-ever PRIDE week depict the safe spaces carved out by the movement’s proponents, interspersed with provocative commentary by scholars and activists linking the movement for LGBTQ rights to the fight for emancipation from slavery. MANY LOVES, ONE HEART shares this homegrown Jamaican movement, celebrates their emerging victories and is an important resource for building global awareness of transnational human rights.
"An inspiring short documentary, this is recommended."
Educational Media Resources Online (EMRO) | Sophie M. Forrester, Reed Library, State University of New York at Fredonia
"Recommended for academic libraries, as well as public libraries looking to bolster their LGBT+ film collections."
Library Journal | Phillip Oliver, formerly University of North Alabama, Florence
"Highlighting efforts of the LGBTQ movement in Jamaica, a country where homophobia is reported to be widespread, this documentary projects a hopeful note by profiling various individuals and organizations that are seeking progress. The first openly trans police officer discusses how living her true life has led not only to self-fulfillment but also strengthened community bonds. A priest whose church broke with tradition to include love and acceptance for LGBTQ citizens explains his teachings. Professors and experts are interviewed and discuss the issues confronting LGBTQ individuals. There is also a focus on hardships faced by youth who are forced to live on the street after being ostracized by their families. The film concludes with a glimpse of the second Pride Week to be held in the country and shows a successful, safe event and dreams for the future. VERDICT A solid tool for building global awareness; recommended for social and LGBTQ studies curricula."
University of Houston | Keith E. McNeal, Associate Professor of Anthropology
"Many Loves, One Heart is the perfect title for this compelling little gem of a documentary. It tackles the stark realities of being gay or transgender in Jamaica – a Caribbean country infamous for its homophobia – not by dramatizing that caricature of this complex island nation, but through the loving documentation of four astonishing Jamaicans daring to love and live and conjure a better future. Spice is a feminine gay youth living his truth in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Mo, a transman, joined the national police force and is challenging the system from within while living in a committed love relationship with his sexy girlfriend. Dane helped found J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays) and has led this pioneering queer advocacy organization for two decades, fighting not only for LGBT equality, but also the very concept of freedom itself. Finally, there is Father Sean, an Anglican priest who has become a passionate and committed LGBT rights ally from within the folds of the Christian church, seen by many as the bastion of conservative heterosexist values in Jamaican culture. The nuanced dramaturgy of these lives is interwoven with illuminating commentary from local academics and non-profit organizational leaders into an unassumingly fierce portrait of the complexities of social change and lived contradictions of sexuality, gender and the politics of citizenship in a contemporary postcolonial society.”
The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies (CRGS) Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), St. Augustine Unit The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago, WI. | Dr. Gabrielle Jamela Hosein, Lecturer and Head Associate Editor
"Bringing together fear and risk with courage and hope, this film tells the story of Jamaica’s LBGTI community members and activists, their resilience, and their struggles to thrive, to establish their rights, to be at home in their bodies, families and country, and to love and be loved."
University of the West Indies, St Augustine | Patricia Mohammed, Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies
"This is a very tastefully presented, well paced and beautifully shot documentary about a subject that needs to be confronted in Jamaica and in the wider Caribbean. The film documents many sides of the struggle to achieve further gains in personal and societal freedoms that are becoming normative in other parts of the world. The heartrending ordeals of individuals to live out the sexual script that they have inherited with their bodies are compelling narratives of how each person matters and why the concept of human rights must continue to exist as a binding moral contract within civilized society. These are matched by the courageous acts of champions within Jamaica, like J Flag, Father Sean Major- Campbell and the father who defends the right of his son to be gay, like the academics and activists who put forward rational and studied arguments against the rhetoric and antiquated laws that need to be reformed. I loved the unselfconsciousness of the young boy turning cartwheels with joyous abandon against the backdrop of murals and the message of hope that this moving documentary ends with."
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Producer of EARTH, WATER, WOMAN and MANY LOVES, ONE HEART
Diana Fox is a cultural anthropologist and a professor at Bridgewater State University, whose documentary film production builds off of her many years of fieldwork in the Anglophone Caribbean, particularly Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. As a scholar-activist, Diana has researched issues of gender and sexual diversity, women’s social movement activism for ecological sustainability, women’s human rights and transnational feminisms. Because she is especially interested in forging collaborations with the communities she studies, her educational and activist films serve community goals, while building awareness among the wider public.