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This selection of shorts celebrates identity and promotes the strength and power of visibility in your own terms and coming out of the darkness for LGBTQ+ young adults.

For Ages College 18+ | 71 minutes | Presented in English and original languages with English subtitles

Themes: Coming out, identity exploration, gender roles and nonconformity, relationships

This program contains: Mature themes, sexual encounters

Out of the Dark: AKeem

Bullied at a young age, Akeem turned to poetry as his solace. After coming out to his mother, he was kicked out of his house with nowhere to go. Homeless at 14, Akeem grew very depressed and suicidal. He writes a suicide note, which he shares with a live audience throughout the film, but is taken to the hospital instead. At the hospital he meets a nurse named Renee who shows him love and gives him hope. Now, he shares an inspirational poem of the value of life.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    4 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    CONTENT DETAILS: Self Harm, Suicide, Stressful Situations, Traumatic and/or Triggering Content
  • Note
    THEMES: Poetry/Rhymed Verse, Empowerment, Facing Challenges, Perseverance, Facing Challenges, Self-Worth, Persistence, Overcome Obstacles/Adversity, Empathy, Support, Conflict Resolution, Bravery, Hopes/Dreams
  • Director
    Sarah Klein, Tom Mason
  • Producer
    Heather Martino