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When Love Is Gay - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB521793
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Éric Michel
Directors:  Laurent Gagliardi
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Health and Medicine, Social Issues
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Adult, Educators
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1994
Running Time:  48:48
Closed Captions:  Yes

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When Love Is Gay explodes myths about gay love. It explores relationships between men--from long-standing monogamous partnerships to brief encounters. Men of all ages talk openly about their homosexuality, and the difficulty of self-acceptance in a straight, often homophobic society. They speak of sensuality, and their determination to love freely. Their life experiences compile an oral history of an evolving gay culture. Intimate interviews alternate with action scenes: a steamy dance floor in Montreal's gay village, sexual tension inside a sauna, the gay community centre, a gay ex-policeman lecturing to future officers. A pivotal love scene confirms that tenderness knows no gender. A documentary with a broad emotional sweep, When Love Is Gay allows viewers to look at their own reactions to the people and situations on screen. This film contains explicit sexual scenes.

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