by Susanna Helke

Saturday, Sept 20, 1pm – Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

(85 min, Denmark/Finland, 2013)

Closed-captioned in English

Susanna Helke’s lyrical and evocative documentary film follows runaway queer youth living in the shadows of the promised city. James ran away from his parents’ home because they didn’t accept that he is gay. He tries to find refuge in San Francisco with his boyfriend, Tyler. They thought they would find a community in the world’s gay Mecca. Instead, they end up sleeping in a park and panhandling in the gentrified Castro neighborhood. Ultimately, James has to face his past and the place he has left behind in rural California. American Vagabond presents a searing portrait of how class, sexuality and the criminal justice system intersect in the oppression of queer youth.

Skype Q&A with director Susanna Helke.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided.


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