Family (2008)

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After suffering with the dire consequences of being in the closet, a group of lesbian friends forge a pact to deal with the dire consequences of coming out.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Gramble
Nikki Klecha ...
Shelly Amato
Tonya Mimms
Mahogany Ratcliffe ...
Monifa Josephs
Sabrina Marcet
Faith Trimel ...
Felicia Brixworth
Eve Harmon
James Smothers
Maxine O'day
Pili Nathaniel ...
Rita Marques
Joyce Mimms-Wilson
Q Hasan ...
Danielle Lescure ...
Dr. Boge
Idrice Kemp (as Cherese)


A group of thirty-something lesbian friends lose out on opportunities and love as a result of being in the closet. When each woman hits her respective breaking point, they each join together to forge a pact to "come out" within thirty days in every significant relationship and/or situation in their life. They're ready to face the world but is the world ready? Written by F. Tuckenberry

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The family that's out together, stays together.


Comedy | Drama | Romance



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26 July 2008 (USA)  »

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A Great Indie Film
20 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw "Family" last fall at a film festival and thoroughly enjoyed this groundbreaking film. I had mixed emotions about spending money and time to see an unknown film by and unknown filmmaker but was genuinely amazed at the detailed and deliberate story lines. I felt that the stories of the very generous amount of lead characters were given a chance to fully evolve. I found my self laughing out loud at times and genuinely touched at other moments. It was so wonderful to see an honest portrayal of black lesbians. This is a jewel of a movie for showing the full spectrum of such hidden voices. Others spin yarns of being lesbian from such a warped perspective, but Ms. Trimel really touched upon a plethora of topics needing expression. The dialogue was so honest; the acting was spot on. I kept having to remind myself that this was a low-budget fare because the levels that the actors and actresses portrayed was a cut above what one would expect. I applaud this film and the courage displayed by the characters. I think that if others would look beyond production value and personal prejudices, their lives will be enriched by a work that glimpses into a rarely seen lives. This is a great indie film!

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