The story of Float is set against the backdrop of the homophobic climate in the Caribbean, a world where no LGBT stories are celebrated.
Jonny is a young obsessive-compulsive white Bahamian artist who faces loosing his scholarship at a local University if he does not live up to the potential that his teachers believe he has. Inspired by this challenge and wanting to get away from homophobic bullies and his alcoholic father, Jonny chooses to escape for a weekend to the under-populated and dramatic Bahamian island of Eleuthera where by accident he meets a young man by the name of Romeo. Together these two embark on a series of physical adventures that inspire Jonny to paint but which force him to let his guard down and explore real intimacy without fear. However things are shaken up when Romeo's girlfriend shows up and puts an end to Jonny's romantic dreams. Jonny must choose between finally giving up on love, career and his happiness or fearlessly moving forward with his life.
Float is not just a gay love story but a universal story - a story about being different in a world that wants us to all be the same. It is a story of finding value in our truths and loving our loved ones unconditionally. Like Frameline Voices? Donate here: bit.ly/FramelineDonate
Kareem Mortimer 2007 34 min. Bahamas
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