Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural North America Documentary Screening
James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284
VCU Libraries, in collaboration with the VCU Division for Inclusive Excellence, will be screening the multi award winning documentary Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural North America. The film chronicles Moises Serrano's life as an undocumented immigrant in America as well as his work as an activist traveling across his home state of North Carolina as a voice for his community, all while trying to forge a path for his own future.
The event is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.
About the film
When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the perilous journey across the desert in search of the American dream. After 23 years growing up in the rural south where he is forbidden to live and love, Moises sees only one option — to fight for justice. Forbidden is a feature length documentary about an inspiring young man whose story is exceptional, although not unique. Moises is like the thousands of young people growing up in the United States with steadfast dreams but facing overwhelming obstacles. The film chronicles Moises’ work as an activist traveling across his home state of North Carolina as a voice for his community, all while trying to forge a path for his own future. Forbidden 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. 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 was produced by Sisters Unite Productions and Pony Pictures. The small team of local and national filmmakers were inspired to produce the film after a chance encounter with Serrano. They have partnered with several North Carolina based advocacy organizations including Let’s Learn NC, Adelante!, Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF), FaithAction International House, Latino Community Coalition of Guilford, Immigrant Rights Working Group, La Coalición, and El Cambio.
Image: Official Forbidden movie poster