Pride Month film series returns with Oscar winners and international stories

GoggleWorks and Reading Pride Celebration Team Up for 2nd Annual Event

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (GoggleWorks) and Reading Pride Celebration (RPC) on Friday announced the film lineup for the return of its acclaimed Pride film series. Highlighting a collection of international LGBTQ+ films, this year’s selection of films includes: Firebird, Kiki, The Garden Left Behind and, Winner of the Best Picture Oscar: Moonlight.

The executives said the joint venture celebrates the strengths of the two key organizations while allowing viewers to immerse themselves in transformative stories of self-actualization. All four films will be presented in the intimate Albert & Eunice Boscov Theater at GoggleWorks, with snacks and refreshments available. To celebrate Pride Month, the films will screen every Friday in June at 7 p.m.

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Firebird (2021)
June 3, 7 p.m.
At the height of the Cold War, a troubled soldier forms a forbidden love triangle with a fighter pilot and his comrade in the dangerous environment of a Soviet air base.

Kiki (2016)
June 10, 7 p.m.
Kiki compassionately captures a scene on the fringes of society, offering – and demanding – respect and empathy for people who are too often denied it.

The garden left behind (2019)
June 17, 7 p.m.
A young Mexican trans woman and her grandmother navigate life as undocumented immigrants in New York City.

Moonlight (2016)
June 24, 7 p.m.
A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while living through the daily struggles of childhood, adolescence, and budding adulthood.

“Many of us vividly remember the first film we saw in which we saw ourselves in and felt transformed by this interaction with art. For many in the queer community, representation – a good, honest and accurate representation – is much harder to find.This year, as part of our partnership with Reading Pride, we hope to have chosen four films that inform all members of our community: we see you, you matter and you you are welcome here,” said Lady Strongman, GoggleWorks. “Theatre director.

The Pride Month series was one of two such programs launched during the pandemic as a month-long drive-in or walk-in movie series. Other series have seen GoggleWorks partner with Centro Hispano during Hispanic Heritage Month. The art center said the program model was designed to advance inclusivity in filmmaking by partnering with area community groups to curate and promote the series to moviegoers less familiar with GoggleWorks and its assignment.

“Working with the arts community to tell and show our stories is an important step in creating a welcoming and inclusive community for our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters in Berks County and beyond. The artistic community has always been welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community and this second installment of the series continues to show that acceptance, said Enrique Castro, President of RPC.

GoggleWorks has continued to explore new film partnerships in recent months, under its new theater director Lady Strongman, including a criminal justice series in partnership with Building Justice in Berks and an LGBT+ PlaywRIGHTing series with the LGBT Center of Reading.

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