Thursday, January 31, 2013
I'm a documentary film maker -- and have worked for PBS, Nat Geo, CNN, and HBO, among others.
Over the last four years, I've been making a film documenting the lives of two gay Jamaicans, who were forced by homophobic violence -- and the threat of violence -- to flee their homeland.
The film, which we are calling "An Abominable Crime" (after the language in the Jamaican law that criminalizes homosexuality), is a gripping and emotionally powerful story with two incredible characters.
Simone Edwards is a brave lesbian mother, who barely survives a murderous attack -- and then is forced to choose between a life in hiding in Jamaica with her young daughter -- or a life alone as an asylum seeker abroad.
Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaica’s leading human rights activist and an active member of the MCC Church, is also forced to flee his homeland when he is publicly outed by a Jamaican newspaper -- shortly after filing a legal challenge to Jamaica's destructive anti-gay laws.
We are with Maurice when he decides to risk his life by returning home to continue his work ...
We are now on the verge of completing the film and have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to get us across the homestretch!
Please watch the trailer and visit the film's Kickstater page here:
For as little as $1, or as much as you can afford, you can make a difference!
You can also support this campaign by sharing this email with any family or friends in your social network who might be interested in helping to get this remarkable story of hope, hatred and homophobia out into the world!
Very best regards,
Common Good Productions