In partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, the British Council makes five LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) themed short films available for the world to watch online for free, over an 11-day period each year.
We invite audiences everywhere to watch the five films online in solidarity with LGBTIQ+ communities in places where freedom and equal rights are limited, and to share the films and join the conversation using the hashtag #FiveFilmsForFreedom in recognition of the fact that love is a human right.
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Watch a selection of films selected from previous years:
Five Films for Freedom 2021
17–28 March 2021
Watch the directors of Five Films for Freedom 2021 discuss the inspiration behind their films:
Bodies of Desire (India)
Directed by Varsha Panikar and Saad Nawab
Using Varsha Panikar's poetry series of the same name, Bodies of Desire is a visual poetry film capturing four sets of lovers amid passion.
Land of the Free (Sweden)
Directed by Dawid Ullgren
David and his friends celebrate his 25th birthday with a swim at the beach. The good mood quickly changes after two straight couples walk by and laugh. But was the laughter directed at them? And who owns the truth of what exactly happened?
Directed by Natalie Jasmine Harris
On the eve of her cotillian ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.
Trans Happiness is Real (UK)
Directed by Quinton Baker
A transgender activist takes to the streets of Oxford to fight anti-trans sentiment through graffiti.
Directed by Daniel Toledo
A bittersweet reunion between a trans woman and her ex sparks tension and a long buried resentment.