World premiere of "Dangerous Living" sponsored by SIT's Netherlands program.
Groundbreaking international documentary on being gay and lesbian in the developing world released on video.
The world premier of Dangerous Living, the first documentary to deeply explore the lives of gay and lesbian people in non-western cultures, was sponsored by SIT's Netherlands: Sexuality, Gender and Identity program during the spring 2003 semester in Amsterdam. The photo above shows SIT co-Academic Directory Kevin Connors introducing filmmaker John Scagliotti to the audience of SIT students and guests. Dangerous Living sheds light on an emerging global movement striving to end discrimination and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. The film now finds a wider audience with its U.S. broadcast premiere on the here! network on May 11, followed by its release on video and DVD May 24, 2005.
The broadcast on May 11th will coincide with the anniversary of the arrests of the "Cairo 52." On May 11th, 2001, 52 men in Cairo were arrested, tortured and imprisoned for simply gathering at a gay discothèque on the river Nile. Since there is no official law against homosexuality in Egypt per se, the Government had to concoct an excuse and therefore officially accused the men of committing crimes of debauchery. Subsequently, 23 of the 52 men were later tried, convicted, and sentenced to one to five years in prison. By using the arrests in Cairo as a centerpiece, Dangerous Living explores the perils of being gay, lesbian and transgender in places such as Pakistan, Honduras, the Philippines, India, Namibia, Thailand and Vietnam.
James Hormel, the first openly gay US Ambassador, explained why he will be introducing the film on here!. "I have known John Scagliotti, the director of Dangerous Living, for more than thirty years. He has filmed and presented hundreds of gay people to the public in many of his documentaries and TV programs like "In the Life" and Before Stonewall. And now, he and his production team (Janet Baus and Dan Hunt and Reid Williams) have traveled throughout five continents to bring us a glimpse of a world to which we need to bear witness."
The film is the winner of several awards, including the Audience Award at the Barcelona GLBT Int'l Film Festival, the Bruxelles Festival du Film Gay & Lesbien, and the Hartford Alternatives Film Festival.
Major Funding for Dangerous Living was provided by the H. van Ameringen Foundation, the Ted Snowdon Foundation, Andrew Tobias and Charles Nolan, Ric Weiland, Steven Fox, the Overbrook Foundation and the Small Change Foundation.