The 18th Annual MiFo (Miami-Fort Lauderdale) LGBT Film Festival arrived in town and Stewart and I got to see some powerful films. The Festival’s closing night film directed by L. Rocco Shields, had a particularly strong message.
The premise of “Love is All You Need?” is based on accepting the reality of a society totally opposite of the world we know. In this world, the accepted sexual orientation for humans is homosexual. Anyone who may happen to be heterosexual is deep in the closet. The families all have same-sex parents with designated breeders to produce the next generation.
“Love is All You Need?” takes place in a small town that is run by the “church” headed by a religious fundamentalist Lesbian minister whose fire and brimstone sermons make it clear that heterosexuality is a mortal sin. It is the responsibility of the community to do god’s work, meaning “punish those who commit the abomination of man-woman sex and do whatever is necessary to deter those who haven’t yet gone down that immoral path”.
The story is about a small town’s star college quarterback who is outed as a hetero when she falls in love with a male journalism student; and a young girl who has a crush on the boy who is playing opposite her in their elementary school play “Romeo & Juliet” – an artistic adaptation of the more acceptable “Romeo & Julio”.
With Heterosexuals on the receiving end of extreme bullying and hateful homicidal violence, this film could be used today as a “walk a mile in my shoes” sensitivity training tool.