Award of Merit – The Power of We (USA)

Title: The Power of We
Runtime: 22 min
Country: USA
Director: Donald C. Shorter Jr. 
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: September, 2021

Synopsis: “THE POWER OF WE” is a short documentary film (shot entirely on an iphone X) that asks the question, “What does it mean to be visibly LGBTQIA+ in a suburban or rural area?” Three brave individuals present the ways in which they are unafraid to live authentically in Conroe, TX. Dynasty Banks, a bipoc drag queen, shares her story of how drag is a means to self acceptance. Debbie Steele, a lesbian bar owner, talks about how she has persevered in order to make safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ folx in her local community. Jhon embodies their queerness through the art of dance.