Small Town, Turn Away
- Cultural History, Personal Doc, Docu-Fiction, Minorities, and Contemporary Issues
“Small Town, Turn Away” is a feature-length documentary portrait of the filmmaker’s Mexican-American border hometown of Brownsville, Texas. In this autobiographical meditation on home, history, and queer migrations, the filmmaker returns from Germany to the town she left 30 years ago as a queer teenager, following in the footsteps of an older cousin who died from AIDS. Blending vérité, archival, and fantasy sequences, the film takes a lyrical journey into the past to find home again. In the process, a contemporary story emerges about a border town still dealing with the legacy of the 1980s as current political events open old wounds. “Small Town, Turn Away” explores the different ways that a place can exile or embrace people, and what role we all take when we draw those emotional lines that separate or enfold.
- in development
- Dolissa Medina ... Producer/Director
- United States
- Brownsville, Texas
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