Reelout Queer Film Festival 2021

Cicada + The People We Hold Dear

Expired February 8, 2021 3:00 AM
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The short, animated film The People We Hold Dear is included with this program.

This program is recommended for persons 16+ due to Mature Content. Sexual Scenes and Nudity. This film also deals with childhood sexual abuse trauma.

After a string of unsuccessful and awkward encounters with women, Ben goes “back on the dick.” CICADA follows Ben, a young bisexual man, as he comes out to the world and develops an intense relationship with Sam, a man of color struggling with deep wounds of his own. As the summer progresses and their intimacy grows, Ben’s past crawls to the surface.

“Signals the arrival of a thrilling new queer filmmaking voice. It's set to be one of the year's best.” - ATTITUDE MAGAZINE

“‘Cicada’ is good and tender on feelings, but also on flesh and bodies…[with] unaffected, spontaneous demonstrations of human connection, hostility and erotic desire.”


  • Year
  • Runtime
    94 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Matthew Fifer