HIGH­LIGHT­ING A TABOO TOPIC

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Taboo Yardies, film-maker Se­lena Blake’s doc­u­men­tary about Jamaican gays, de­buted in Dublin, Ire­land on Au­gust 5. Blake, who hails from St. Cather­ine parish in Ja­maica, started work on the project in 2007. She says it has been a labour of love but well worth the sweat. “Six years ago when I started pro­duc­tion on Taboo Yardies nu­mer­ous folks whom I reached out to for in­ter­views both in Ja­maica and abroad re­jected my re­quest. Now they are will­ing and ready, that’s an in­di­ca­tion that some­thing has changed,” she said. Blake in­ter­viewed sev­eral prom­i­nent per­sons for the doc­u­men­tary, in­clud­ing for­mer Jamaican prime min­is­ter Bruce Gold­ing and gay ac­tivist and jour­nal­ist Stacey-Ann Chin.

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