Indigenous dancers Sean and Adrian challenge the rulebook of San Manuel’s Native American Sweetheart Special as they attempt to compete in the annual couple’s competition. Dancing not only against the other dancers, but against the drums of oppression and closed-mindedness, this Two-Spirit couple is determined to rewrite the rules of “one man, one woman” with their resplendent charisma, character and resilience.
In recent years, a wave of faith-based anti-LGBTQ laws has swept across America, especially in the South. In response, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus decides to raise its voice, plotting performances in the region’s most conservative states in an attempt to foster more open-hearted ways. After all, artistic director Tim Seelig says, “we have found that in the most troubled of times, singing and music has carried us through.” This film follows their remarkable tour. Along the way, they meet some resistence. But mostly, they experience the power of music to unite across boundaries, and discover a region that is more nuanced and understanding than they expected. In an age where the country feels more divided than ever, Gay Chorus Deep South is an important reminder of the power of simply listening to one another. “We don’t have to agree on everything. We just have to be civil,” Seelig says. Amen.