Five Films for Freedom brings distinctive voices from around the globe to screens wherever you are. The line-up of films, which showcases work by emerging filmmakers from across the globe, has been selected from BFI Flare's programme.

Self-expression, homophobia in rural communities, coming out as a teenager, and finding love later in life - this year’s short films look at an intersection of LGBTIQ+ perspectives to explore love and acceptance.

Join us on Twitter #FiveFilmsForFreedom.

Watch the films:

134 (Ireland)

Directed by Sarah-Jane Drummey.

Jack prepares to take the stage at an Irish dancing competition as family members come to terms with their feelings around their child’s gender identity.

After That Party (Brazil)

Directed by Caio Scot.

“Why would he hide something like this from me?”

Leo struggles to approach his father after discovering a secret...

Pxssy Palace (UK)

Directed by Laura Kirwan-Ashman.

“It is more than clubbing. It’s that sense of community where people actually care about each other.”

Writer-director Laura Kirwan-Ashman welcomes you into the world of Pxssy Palace, a London-based QTIPOC (queer trans intersex people of colour) collective and club night.

Something in the Closet (UK)

Directed by Nosa Eke.

“Maddie what about you, which boy do you like?”

A teenage girl is conflicted by her feelings for her best friend. The more she pushes them away, the more her bedroom closet looms over her thoughts.

When Pride Came to Town (Norway)

Directed by Julia Dahr and Julie Lunde Lillesæter

“Growing up gay in a small town wasn’t easy”

Bjørn-Tore left his rural hometown to escape the everyday homophobia he experienced growing up. Decades later he returns for Norway’s first-ever rural Pride celebration. Thrilled to see his neighbours hoisting a pride flag, he hopes that the turn out for Pride is higher than the numbers of anti-pride demonstrators from the local church group.

More about Five Films

A coordinated effort from the British Council’s global network of over 100 countries Five Films encourages people to watch the films in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited. We ask audiences to share the films using the hashtag #FiveFilmsForFreedom in recognition of the fact that love is a human right.

Since the project began, 14 million people have viewed the films in over 200 countries and principalities, including in all parts of the world where homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty.

We’re so sad that BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival has been cancelled due to the current Covid-19 situation, but the digital-only plan to share five of those films through Five Films for Freedom is very much still going ahead. All five films are available to watch now through the British Council’s Arts YouTube channel from 18 – 29 March 2020, free of charge, anywhere in the world.

Working in partnership - and solidarity - with BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival.