Can you go home again? What if you're a gay man and home is a state where voters keep electing a homophobe to the US Senate? In 1996, at age 30, native son Tim Kirkman returns to North ... See full summary »
Can you go home again? What if you're a gay man and home is a state where voters keep electing a homophobe to the US Senate? In 1996, at age 30, native son Tim Kirkman returns to North Carolina to explore the parallels and differences between himself and Jesse Helms: they're from the same town and college, with media interests, from families blessed by adoptions, Baptists by upbringing. Tim puts his camera in front of his family, a boyhood pal, college friends, his pastor, Helms fans, community activists, novelists Lee Smith and Allan Gurganus, a mayor who's gay, and people in the street, including a brief interview with Matthew Shepard. What is it to judge, and what is it to love? Written by
I did not expect filmmaker Tim Kirkman to reveal as much of himself as he did and I loved the part with his old friends "dishing" on him. Believe me, this film could have been A LOT angrier in tone. I'm sure Kirkman did everything within his power to hold back what he really thinks of Helms. The result is one compelling doc. And as for the end, well, that speaks for itself. One question that sprang to my mind: To all these people who believe being gay does not warrant any rights because it is a lifestyle choice, what is a religion if not a lifestyle choice???
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