Maplewood’s Rainbow Youth Alliance Starts Monthly LGBTQ+ Film Series

This Wednesday, the opening day of Pride Month, a monthly LGBTQ+-themed film series will begin at a South Orange movie theater.

The video will be shown in The Village at SOPAC by the Rainbow Youth Alliance SOMA (South Orange/Maplewood), Cinema Lab, and North Jersey Pride.

“The film is acceptable for both teenagers and adults,” stated an organizer, “and RYA is delighted to pay the cost of tickets for all who register using the link below.”

“The Way He Looks” is the title of the film.

The subtitled version of the 2014 film was released on Netflix. It revolves around Leo, a visually impaired high school student, his female closest friend, and “a new member to the class whose appearance causes Leo to question his sexuality for the first time.”

In the award-winning play, Leo’s sexuality is “not an overblown story aspect,” according to one reviewer.

The film was described by the event’s organizers as follows: “Daniel Ribeiro’s coming-of-age drama, ‘The Way He Looks,’ is a humorous and sensitive movie about friendship and the difficulties of teenage love, set to the music of Belle and Sebastian. Leo is a blind adolescent who is fed up with his overbearing mother and school bullies. To the dismay of his best friend, Giovana, he decides to study abroad in order to show his individuality. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, works on a school project with Leo, he develops new sentiments that cause him to reevaluate his goals. Meanwhile, when tensions between Giovana and Leo rise, she becomes envious of their newfound closeness.”

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