Running Time: 81 min

Damon Cardasis

United States


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Winner: Best Narrative Film
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Winner: Best Feature Film
Kaleidoscope LGBT Film Festival

Life is not easy for Ulysses (Luka Kain), a shy teen struggling with gender identity and being bullied at school. After the unexpected death of his father his home life becomes difficult when his mom asks strict, religious Aunt Rose (Regina Taylor) to help take care of the family. Rose won’t tolerate disobedience and certainly not crossdressing after she discovers Ulysses trying on his mother’s clothes. As a way of coping, he escapes in a rich fantasy life of music and dance.

Ulysses also finds sanctuary on the piers of New York’s West Village when he meets a trio of transgender women who take him under their wings and introduce him to Saturday Church, the drop-in center they frequent. There he meets Raymond, a sensitive and cute young man who takes a personal interest in Ulysses. Compared to a cross between MOONLIGHT and LA LA LAND, SATURDAY CHURCH is a queer coming-of-age story that celebrates the trans community of color.

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