Wednesday 13 March 2024 to Sunday 24 March 2024

Five Films For Freedom is live, and you can watch this year’s films now until midnight (UK time) on Sunday 24 March. 

Watch here: Five Films for Freedom | British Council


From Briony Hanson, Director Film: 

“We launched Five Films For Freedom ten years ago, as part of our aim to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do. Would you believe that, in just a hundred days spread over the last decade, over 23 million people have watched our films?! 

 This online celebration of global LGBTQIA+ stories in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, has expanded into a big deal, with colleagues jumping on board, enabling us to stand in solidarity with communities from around the world.” 

About the Films

This year’s films feature stories from India, Philippines, Spain, USA and the UK. 

  • Little One

Directed by Clister Santos (Philippines – 9 mins)

A pregnant mother, unsure of how to raise a child, arranges an interview with her two gay dads but fate intervenes when his dad suffers a heart attack. Memories captured on an old camcorder help her reflect on their family's history.

  • Halfway

Directed by Kumar Chheda (India – 14 mins)

A turbulent couple ends up at different entrances of Juhu Beach, forcing them to walk towards each other and meet halfway.

  • Cursive

Directed by Isabel Steuble Johnson (UK – 9 mins)

When a woman on the verge of a breakup gets help from a mysterious stranger to improve her handwriting, she finds the inner voice she longed for all along.

  • The First Kiss

Directed by Miguel Lafuente (Spain – 9 mins)

Today is a special day for Andi, heading to Madrid to have his first date with a boy he's met online, but things don’t turn out quite as he expected.

  • Compton's 22

Directed by Drew de Pinto (USA – 18 mins)

Three years prior to Stonewall, transgender sex workers and drag queens revolted against police violence at Compton's Cafeteria in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Compton’s 22 imagines what happened.