Venezuelan gay-themed films flourish as society becomes more censored

“I made this film to free myself from the pain of living amid so much intolerance,” she said while accepting the highest award at the San Sebastian film festival. “Thinking differently shouldn’t be seen as a problem.”

Officials said Rondon’s career was made possible by the revolution she disavowed.

It’s unclear how many Venezuelans will see “From Afar” when it’s released here.

As “My Straight Son” triumphed last year at the Goya Awards, Spain’s version of the Oscars, Venezuelans were flocking to see “The Liberator,” a biopic about 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar that broke box office records for a locally produced film.

While “The Liberator” was shown in commercial theaters, the easiest place to see Venezuela’s festival darlings has been to buy them at a pirated-DVD kiosk.

Their invisibility is part of why the government can afford to nurture the relatively subversive films, said David William Foster, who teaches Latin American film at Arizona State University.

“If people go to the movies, they go to see Hollywood films. These gay productions are just minor pests,” he said.

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