The hourlong documentary I Exist
presents a candid look at the feelings and struggles experienced by many people who balance the realities of being both homosexual and of Middle Eastern descent. The film explores the pain that may be compounded when vast distance and an alien culture separate them from their families. It shows at 7 tonight at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (4501 Walnut, 816-531-2131). "Being cut off from family means being cut from a culture that is part of who they are," says Mitra Rahnema, assistant minister at All Souls. "For many, access to culture is through the family. And if the family rejects folks for being gay, it becomes difficult to define their racial and cultural selves in the context of being American." The screening is free, but donations are welcome.
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
Fri., March 21, 7 p.m., 2008