Over the weekend I saw an incredibly moving film titles “Taboo…Yardies.” The film is a documentary about the persecution of the homosexual and transgender people of the Caribbean, specifically in Jamaica. Now, I know that the LGBTQ community faces persecution all over the place, but I couldn’t have imagined it was that bad in Jamaica. I mean, on a website dedicated to aiding the Jamaican LGTBQ community there is a page full of self preservation tips. There was also a somewhat recent incident that happened the the UTECH school where security guards beat a gay man after allegedly engaging in sexual activities in a bathroom (watch it here, warning: violence). People are beaten and even slain in the streets because of their lifestyle, and the film makes it a point to show that to the viewer.
Overall, the theme of the documentary is quite straightforward, as it shows the pain and struggle that these LGTBQ people endure. Not only that, but the documentary also captures both sides of the conflict, which is to say the anti-homosexual people are interviewed as well. The film does a good job at showing the different perspectives of both sides, as well as the perspectives of the persecuted individuals.
Some of the people in the film have their faces blurred when they tell their stories, while others do not. Most of the people who’s faces are blurred are still living in Jamaica, and are still being mortified. From their viewpoint, they are still in danger, and blurring their face would protect them. It shows the fear that they face every second of their lives. Then, there are others who’s faces are not blurred. These people are in the United States, but they were once living in Jamaica and living the same fear that those who’s faces were blurred are still experiencing. Their viewpoint is that they no longer have nothing to fear, they don’t have to hide their faces. The contrast between the two groups is quite glaring, yet they all came from the same circumstances.
The film is incredibly raw and very real, which it very much needs to be. These problems are very real and disturbing, and need to be shown as they are. there is no sugar-coating what is happening over there. The film had just the right tone, in my opinion. I would highly recommend this movie, everybody should see it, whether you’re a homosexual from the Caribbean or a straight white kid from syracuse, everybody should be aware of the horrors happening to these people.
Check it out: http://tabooyardies.com/