In the wake of the deadly shooting that claimed dozens of lives at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning, a new video essay celebrating values found in LGBT films has taken on an especially poignant resonance.
Commissioned by Fandor before the attack and assembled by French filmmaker Candice Drouet, Rainbow Flag of Film draws inspiration from the gay pride flag and explores how its symbolic tenets are reflected in LGBT cinema.
“Everything I see, I see in terms of movies,” Drouet says in a statement accompanying the three-and-a-half-minute video. “When I think of the LGBTQ experience, I think about great LGBTQ films like Blue Is the Warmest Color, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Before Night Falls and so many others.”
She continues, “I also think of the rainbow flag and how each color stands for a value in the LGBTQ experience. Red is Life; Orange is Healing; Yellow is Sunlight …. As I thought about how each of these values can be found in LGBTQ movies, this video formed in my head. I put together these images representing these values, which are values we can all relate to.”
Watch Drouet’s video essay, which contains some nudity, above.