In 1971, Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan met in Los Angeles and fell in love. Four years later, they became the first couple to receive a same-sex marriage license. Shortly afterward, the Immigration and Naturalization Service knocked back their application for Tony’s spousal visa, chiding, “You have failed to establish that a bona fide martial relationship can exist between two faggots.” Four decades on the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality, they’re still battling to be recognized as a couple even as same-sex marriage laws are finally changing.
The 29th annual Washington, DC International Film Festival focuses on relationships, character depth, and story. It is an opportunity to explore and discover. It is an adventure, and we invite you to enjoy the festival and all of its pleasures.
Filmfest DC is an 11-day annual festival presenting more than 60 feature premieres, restored classics and special events to the general public. The majority of Filmfest DC presentations are Washington, DC premieres. The festival brings the finest in contemporary world cinema to the nation’s capital and has introduced over 1,000 feature and short films from over 55 countries to an ever-growing audience.
The festival is a District-wide event, bringing together the city’s film community in a spirit of cooperation and celebration. It is one of the longest running major cultural events in Washington, DC and credited with thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining programming. The Filmfest DC community includes the University of the District of Columbia, The National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Film Society, Landmark’s E Street Cinema, Goethe-Institut Washington, and Embassy of France.
For further information and tickets resevtion please visit the Filmfest DC website.