We open to a series of shots of anti-gay-rights protests, many of them using allegedly Christian language to justify their bigotry and hatred. The main character is an art student, obsessive-compulsive about washing his hands. He's floundering in art school, so his teacher sends him off to a beach house on a quiet island to reconnect with his creativity. There he meets a man of fluid sexuality. The element of OCD pushes some of my emotional hot buttons, and the ending evokes some mixed feelings, but the visual imagery is vivid, and there is a glimmer of hope in the spark of a real connection in the midst of such oppressive homophobia. Definitely worth seeing.
Float, dir. Kareem Mortimer, 2006 Bahamas, 35 min.
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