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Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement Takes Award-Winning Latinx Documentary on a California Community Tour

Los Angeles, CA — Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia: TQLM) launches a five-city CA tour of “El Canto Del Colibri” in collaboration with Frameline and The California Endowment. The tour was launched in San Diego on June 23, 2017 in partnership with the San Diego LGBTQ Community Center and will continue with the second screening in Los Angeles this Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 7:00 PM, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes as part of the exhibition “¡Mírame! Expressions of Queer Latinx Art.” The tour will also visit Santa Rosa, the Coachella Valley, and Sacramento in the upcoming months.

“I love being included in ¡Mírame! because my film is about reaffirmations, about love prevailing despite cultural and societal forces. I’m honored to be among such talented and beautiful group of artists”

Marco Castro-Bojorquez, director

The first film of its kind, the groundbreaking “El Canto Del Colibri” devotes its 53 mins to amplify voices that are rarely heard: Latino immigrant fathers, shown in conversation with their queer children. The documentary played at numerous festivals around the world, universities, and countless of Latinx communities in the U.S. It has won Best Documentary Audience Choice Award at the CinHomo Muestra de Cine LGBT Valladolid, Spain and Best Documentary by the Jury at l Can [be] Gay: 3º Festival Internacional de Cine LGBTIQ de Canarias, Spain, among other honors.


Directed by Marco Castro-Bojorquez, a longtime queer activist and honoree of Obama’s White House’s Champions of Change Program, the documentary is a heartfelt tribute to his own father, who during post-production got gravely sick and forced Marco to travel to Mexico and finish editing at the hospital.  “My father died 3 days before finishing my film and never saw the final product, but we talked about it. I’ll treasure that moment always and I’ve dedicated the film to him.


The special screening at LA Plaza is dedicated to the community of activists in the Los Angeles area that provided inspiration for the making of “El Canto del Colibri.” A special recognition will be presented to Leonor Holmstrom, a longtime family acceptance activist who originated the very first PFLAG meeting in Spanish.


The screening at LA Plaza is free and will feature food, drinks, meaningful conversations and the music of new artist Tona, an incredible voice that’s part of the legacy of musicians from Los Cambalache.

About Familia:Trans Queer Liberation Movement:

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement was founded at the beginning of 2014 by trans and queer immigrants, undocumented and allies, youth leaders and parents.

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (Familia: TQLM) is the only national organization that addresses, organizes, educates, and advocates for the issues most important to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and Latino communities. Familia: TQLM is inclusive and serves of all LGBTQ Latinos, Latinas, and gender nonconforming individuals. We also collaborate with non-LGBTQ families and friends who support our vision of a united LGBTQ Latino and Latina community.

Tour’s page at Familia:TQLM website

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