Growing up in rural North Carolina, Moises Serrano fell in love with a country that refused to recognize his full humanity - both as an undocumented immigrant and as a gay man. Now, after 23 years growing up in the rural south as an undocumented gay man, Moises is forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home. He sees only one option—to fight for justice.
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.
The threat is real — the KKK still holds weekly meetings not far from Moises’ hometown of Yadkinville, and he has found dead rats in his mailbox and white crosses on his front porch. Not everyone in the United States is treated equally or given a fair chance. Moises’ story demonstrates courage, conviction and an unyielding desire to succeed.
FORBIDDEN: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America
Saturday, June 24 | 11:00am
Tivoli Cinemas in Westport
Directed by Tiffany Rhynard
89 minutes | USA | 2016
“Handsome, charismatic, and articulate, Moises Serrano certainly counteracts negative stereotypes that bedevil the immigration debate. As a portrait of a confident but unassuming spokesman for a controversial cause, director Tiffany Rhynard succeeds.” —
The Hollywood Reporter
Special Interactive Community Screening
will be appearing at this Kansas City screening via Skype to participate in live conversation with the audience.
Information about the Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance and other immigration assistance services will be available in the Tivoli lobby.