Moises Serrano, 28, arrived in the U.S. with his farm-worker parents at the age of eighteen months. It’s the only home he’s ever known. He is one of 800,000 Dreamers whose lives have been plunged into frightening uncertainty with President Trump’s announcement this week that his administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented under the Obama administration. Moises' story has been filmed in the triple award winning documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented & Queer in Rural America which will screen at 3 pm, Sunday, Sept. 10th at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport as part of the 9th annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Moises himself will be in attendance at the film for a Q&A after the film, and as a special guest at the festival’s opening weekend reception from 6-7:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 9th. Moises and Forbidden are featured in a Sept. 1st online Slate article, and in a Sept. 6th CNN interview.
Since coming out as undocumented in 2010 Moises has relentlessly pursued equality for his community through the sharing of his narrative. His mission is to de-criminalize and humanize the issue of migration while advocating for immediate relief to migrant communities. Moises quickly became one of the most requested speakers in the state of North Carolina. Described as a "consummate orator," his advocacy has led him to a Tedx talk in Greensboro and to be named a notable Latino of the North Carolina triad of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. But as Moises notes in his Slate interview, he has had to confront reality on two fronts: first, as an openly undocumented immigrant, and second as a gay man. “I’ve had to dance between two lives, between two spaces,” he says. “I’ve had to build a skill of knowing when and where to share each element of my identity, to choose which narrative is most important.” This dual struggle is the subject of Forbidden.
Moises is at present an undergraduate student studying Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence College.
In addition to Moises’ Q&A after the film, a local panel will discuss the challenges of being Latino and LGBT.
Tickets to the opening weekend reception where Moises will be a special guest are $25 at nlglff.org and $30 at the door. The 6-7:30 pm, Saturday, Sept. 9th, always-festive reception features heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets to the 3 pm, Saturday screening of Forbidden, like all individual film tickets for the week-long festival are purchased from the Robinson Film Center (617 Texas St., 318.459.4122; www.robinsonfilmcenter.org). Forbidden will screen again at 3:50 pm, Thursday, Sept. 14. Festival passes can be purchased at nlglff.org: $40 for 5 movies which is a savings of $12.50!
See the film festival website nlglff.org for the full week-long schedule and summaries and trailers for all our films.
For more information about PACE, “People Acting for Change and Equality,” Northwest Louisiana’s leading advocacy organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, go to www.pacelouisiana.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pacelouisiana.