The Abominable Crime
THE ABOMINABLE CRIME, at heart, is a story about a mother's love for her child and an activist's troubled love for his country. It also gives voice to gay Jamaicans who, in the face of endemic anti-gay violence, are forced to flee their homeland.
Simone, a young lesbian single mother, survives a brutal anti-gay shooting. Now she must choose between hiding with her daughter in Jamaica in constant fear for their lives or escaping alone to seek safety and asylum abroad.
Maurice, Jamaica's leading human-rights activist, is outed shortly after filing a lawsuit challenging his country’s anti-sodomy law. After receiving a flood of death threats, he escapes to Canada, and then risks everything to return to continue his activism.
Told first hand as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotionally gripping journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians, and offer an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
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“This film will no doubt make an important contribution to raising awareness of the abuses LGBT Jamaicans face, and hopefully, help to create the change which is needed to make Jamaica a better place for all Jamaicans to live.“
Ian McKnight, Executive Director, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC)
"The most important LGBTQI documentary film ever to be produced in the English speaking Caribbean.”
Jason Jones, Executive Director, “I Am One,” the leading LGBT group in Trinidad & Tobago
"A riveting, urgent, compelling account of what pressures and hatred LGBT Jamaicans face. But for the names and faces, it could easily have been made about Belize.”
Lisa Shoman, Senator, National Assembly, Belize
"A very moving documentary, and very sensitively handled. Carry tissue or a Hanky (seriously ...you will be moved to tears in parts)! Worth seeing again!!"
Noelle Ingledew, former Chair of Jamaica AIDS Support for Life
"As they say in JA, ‘Dis film a go hit dem fe six! ‘ Jamaicans will be forced to stop and listen."
Carolyn Carr Ragland