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Bi­sex­ual At­lanta film­maker’s doc­u­men­tary pre­mieres on PBS

“Break­ing Through: Out of the Closet, Into the Halls of Power,” a doc­u­men­tary about LGBT politi­cians made by a bi­sex­ual At­lanta film­maker, re­ceived ma­jor ex­po­sure on Oct. 6 and dur­ing an encore pre­sen­ta­tion on Oct. 11 on PBS.

“Break­ing Through” di­rec­tor, writer and pro­ducer Cindy Abel started work on the pro­ject in 2010 af­ter a rash of sui­cides caused by anti-LGBT bul­ly­ing.

“We wanted to show that re­gard­less of the bar­ri­ers that seem to be in our way—sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­tity, race, poverty, ad­dic­tion, home­less­ness, gen­der—any of those things that we think are go­ing to pre­vent us from be­ing some­thing that we re­ally want to be, those are all sur­mount­able,” Abel tells Ge­or­gia Voice. “And it was a way of let­ting peo­ple know that if we’re will­ing to do the work and do what it takes, we can live open, au­then­tic lives that are also full of love and very ful­filled.”

Abel isn’t the only At­lanta con­nec­tion to the film, with a big chunk of screen time go­ing to At­lanta City Coun­cil­man Alex Wan, plus in­ter­views with Ful­ton County Com­mis­sioner Joan Garner, for­mer De­catur Mayor Pro-Tem Ke­cia Cun­ning­ham and state Rep. Karla Dren­ner (D-Avon­dale Es­tates).

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