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Published on Jan 13, 2009
Sexuality and Hate Crimes is the first alternative documentary film produced by Director Vagner de Almeida and Richard Parker. This documentary seeks protest in the name of brutalities committed against homosexuals in Brazil. The hate crimes come from different segments of society for the director, the Catholic Church and radical evangelical groups are co-responsible for the rising intolerance, when they actively engage against the civil rights of non-heterosexuals. In a society dominated by machos, religious, and moralist values against the LGBTT communities, the absence of rights has already lead to the deaths of thousands of Brazilian citizens.
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From the beginning of this series of films about metropolitan Rio de Janeiro, various protagonists from the films have been barbarically murdered by people who still have their liberties, still assassinating other in the homosexual communities with impunity. In this country, in the first months of 2008 there were 45 homicides against gays registered. It is a year of homophobic violence, which worries us because the represent only the cases registered officially in police stations or in hospitals. Many of the afflicted are unrecognizable after death and mutilation. They are murdered merely because they are gays, lesbians or transsexuals. This film is a cry against this intolerance, which is dedicated to all of those who were brutally murdered in Brazil and worldwide.