San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
To raise funds to bring awareness of hate crimes against LGBT Jamaicans. Our mision is to further build alliances with stakeholders and NGOs in Jamaica to explore a tolerance outreach pilot program by using the documentary "TABOO YARDIES" has a springboard to engage in conversations that will ultimately promote respect and tolerance regardless of sexual orientation.
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MayNov Productions LLC
MayNov Productions is the parent company of TABOO YARDIES The concept of the documentary Taboo…Yardies is to explore the perception of Jamaica as an Island that is saturated with homophobia by providing Jamaicans who are pro, con and everywhere in between this highly controversial issue an opportunity to share their own realities. Additionally, the film gives a voice to those Jamaicans who dare to speak up and out about the intolerance and violence towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, particularly as it pertains to an individual’s human rights. We hope to give viewers an opportunity to decide for themselves whether to view Jamaica as a homophobic culture is perception or reality. More importantly, we hope Taboo…Yardies becomes a vehicle that spurs an open an honest conversation that ultimately promotes respect and tolerance for all people regardless of sexual orientation.
And Queensbrisge: The Other Side documentary Many years ago F.D.R. had a vision which was known as “The New Deal”. One important component of the New Deal was the creation of public housing stock for the Middle Class and Poor. These housing developments were and still are called, “The Projects”. The intent was to provide a decent, clean, safe and affordable living environment for its residents. During the 1960’s-80’s, the conditions in these housing developments deteriorated as middle or working class whites migrated out leaving behind working class and under employed minorities. As a result of the influx of underserved and socio-economic disadvantaged African-American and other minorities, a stigma was caste on the inhabitants of “the projects”. Drugs became more prevalent and crime rose; more people became dependent on the welfare system; and families were decimated due to the introduction of crack-cocaine. As a result, the people who live in public housing are usually perceived to be drug- dealers, crack heads, criminals and dysfunctional people who are a liability to society. This stereotyping ignores the realities that more Whites use drugs than Blacks or Latinos. This stereotyping makes it easier to turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the fact that most project inhabitants are employed fathers and mothers struggling against all odds to make ends meet and educate their children. This stereotyping makes it more comfortable for those in position to effect change to focus instead on self empowerment.
The film Queensbridge: “The Other Side” highlights the other side of a misrepresented and misunderstood community by showing that most people who live in the projects are hard working law abiding families keeping their children off the streets and in schools and making a significant contributions to society. These are communities that are just as capable as producing the judge or the junkie, the politician or the pimp, the hood or the Harvard Graduate –either of which can be seen walking through the courtyard wearing a hoodie on a crisp fall day.
Accordingly the film aims to heighten public awareness about “The Projects” and to show that public housing is a positive, viable and necessary housing alternative.
The documentary Queensbridge: The Other Side is a story which is told through the eyes and experiences of those who know it best, the men, women and children of “the projects”.