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NYC Pride Film Festival 'Pride Presents'

NYC Pride’s LGBTQIA+ annual film festival returns this year & will make its debut in the digital space!

In partnership with Tribeca, the Pride Presents digital film festival experience on Friday, June 18, 2021, will feature trailblazing shorts, documentaries, a feature film, and a live talk back to end the evening. Also making its return this year is Family Movie Night, back with family-filled fun for all ages.

“Tribeca’s collaboration with NYC Pride began in 2019 with an unforgettable day-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall,” said Tribeca Festival Senior Programmer Lucy Jane Mukerjee. “I’m thrilled to see the relationship continue this year, extending beyond the LGBTQ+ cinema within the festival lineup, to meaningful conversations and community screenings that center the queer identity and will be accessible for folks across the country.”

Among the films appearing at Pride Presents this year will be the short film "Kapaemahu," which tells the long-forgotten story of four mahu, extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. Although the stones still stand on Waikiki Beach, the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, and seen through the eyes of a curious child, the story of Kapaemahu brings to life this powerful legend in richly hand-drawn and 2-D animation.

Documentary film "P.S. BURN THIS LETTER PLEASE" will also be presented at Pride Presents. A box of letters, held in secret for nearly 60 years, ignites a 5-year exploration into a part of LGBTQIA+ history that has never been told. The letters, written in the 1950s by a group of New York City drag queens, open a window into a forgotten world where being yourself meant breaking the law and where the penalties for “masquerading” as a woman were swift and severe. Former drag queens now in their 80s and 90s reveal how they survived and somehow flourished at a time when drag queens were both revered and reviled, and now they get to tell their story for the first time.