Intimate portrait of Bayard Rustin, black civil-rights activist, organiser of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, and gay. Back then Bayard, who is now dead, chose the civil rights movement rather than gay liberation. His partner, Walter Naegle, describes how, despite the impossibility of same-sex marriage, they rebelliously managed to tie the knot legally. All Short films at IFFR 2017
The other films shown within Let Love Rule
Reluctantly QueerAkosua Adoma Owusu IFFR 2017 8′
Hushed monologue in black-and-white in which a young Ghanaian immigrant confesses in a warm, openhearted letter to his mother that his love for men was the reason he left for America.
My JosephineBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 9′
Two Arab immigrants work in a launderette where, just after 9/11, American flags are washed free of charge. While they fold flags meticulously, true love unfolds.
ChlorophylBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 17′
Young woman wrestles with her identity and failed relationship, reflected in the city of Miami. A cinematographic exploration of change as a natural process, the way chlorophyll makes photosynthesis possible in leaves.
Tall EnoughBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 7′
An interracial love story, made for Bloomingdale's department store, but there’s not a product in sight. A visual and introspective study of love in Jenkins' typical cinematographic style.