Events | Image + Nation: Montreal’s International LGBT Film Festival

October 26 to Novmeber 6, 2011.

Image + Nation is the oldest LGBT film festival in Canada. Over 125 shorts, documentaries and feature films have been thoughtfully selected to represent multiple voices and perspectives, to document social struggles and gains, and to share the richness and the secrets of other cultures. Image+Nation aims to quench the thirst of gay film buffs and wider audiences alike.

Here are a few films that may interest Shtetl Magazine readers:

We Were Here

A clear-eyed, concise chronicle of the AIDS crisis, in San Francisco specifically. Presented at Sundance in 2011, this documentary by David Weissman relies on detailed and intimate testimonies to render in human terms, a near-unimaginable tragedy.

>>Film Trailer

Read this article to find out how Weissman’s Jewish heritage influenced the film.


A dark, sophisticated comedy by Veronica Kedar, an Israeli Thelma & Louise following the journey of two outcasts on the run to Tel-Aviv.

>>Film Trailer


Vito, by Jeffrey Schwartz, takes us back to author and activist Vito Russo’s roots as an effeminate but entirely scrappy young lad growing up in a conservative Italian neighbourhood in New Jersey.

>>Film Website

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

You know what I feel like? I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof!” Meow! Though director Richard Brooks had to remove all mentions of homosexuality, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ranked among the year’s top box-office attractions.

>>Film Trailer

There are many more exciting films to be seen, so be sure to check out the Festival program!