Outfest Special Programming Award for Freedom
Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
In a year full of hateful, divisive rhetoric aimed at both undocumented immigrants and the LGBTQ community, this film shows how one dedicated person can make a positive impact for their community with compassion and earnest advocacy.
Southern Poverty Law Center Social Justice Film Award
Charlotte Film Festival
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Social Justice Film Award recognizes a film that brings attention to the bigotry and discrimination faced by the most vulnerable members of our society.
“Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America gives a voice to some of the most marginalized and vulnerable people in America, undocumented immigrants in the LGBT community. Anyone who believes that immigration reform should simply be the mass deportation of people like Moises must watch this film. Moises embodies the lived experience of the “Dreamers.” But what distinguishes the film is the detail with which it reveals how our country depends on the labor of immigrants like Moises’ parents, who worked in chicken-processing plants but were systematically marginalized and denied vital services ranging from driver’s licenses to a college education.”
-Lecia Brooks, SPLC Director of Outreach