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The Appalachian Queer Film Festival to Show Documentary in Charleston and Huntington


The Appalachian Queer Film Festival will host showings of the documentary “The Campaign, in Charleston Friday and Huntington Monday.

As a kickoff to their Film Festival in late October in Lewisburg, The Appalachian Queer Film Festival will host a showing of “The Campaign,” along with the Kanawha Players Theater. “The Campaign” which was filmed over a four-year period, examines the fight to defend same-sex marriage against Proposition 8 in California. Tim Ward is the Founder and Director of the AQFF.

“It’s just a really great documentary that sheds light on the activism that happened in California to really kind of change hearts and minds as it relates to LGBT issues,” Ward said.

Ward said it’s an opportunity to make more people in West Virginia aware of the ongoing fight to legalize same-sex marriage.

“So I think even though this documentary is dated to Proposition 8 in California, the subject matter and kind of the fight that’s happening here in West Virginia makes it extremely relevant,” Ward said.

In July a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. As of the ruling 20 states and the District of Columbia issued licenses for same sex couples. Ward said the ruling although it didn’t directly affect the state is a big step for the LGBT community.

“It’s kind of a tide change, each time one of these rulings comes down and it’s in the positive for LGBT rights, I think it only has like an amazing effect on the rest of the United States as well as here in the Mountain State,” Ward said. “You really see peoples ideas start to change on what it means to be tolerant and accepting of LGBT people.”

Monday night The Appalachian Queer Film Festival will show the documentary on Marshall’s campus at 7:30. The two showings lead up to the four-day film festival in Lewisburg October 23rd through the 26th.

Doors open at the Kanawha Players Theater at 7 Friday night in Charleston.

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