Film Review: Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

AIDS decimated gay communities in Europe and America during the 1980s and 1990s. Today, it’s estimated that over 36 million people around the world are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Whilst, the majority are based in Sub-Saharan Africa, it continues to have a global pandemic. There have been several powerful documentaries on the disease, including How to Survive the Plague and Silverlake Life: The View from Here. Who’s Going to Love Me Now? joins those loft ranks.

Saar Maoz has been re-assessing his life over the last few years. 18 years earlier he was thrown-out of a Kibbutz and moved to London. As an openly gay man in a staunchly religious family in Israel, he found himself in the unenviable position of being a pariah. He has forged a new life in the UK, finding brotherly love within the London Gay Men’s Choir. However, since being diagnosed with HIV, Saar’s been increasingly missing his family and pining for his homeland.

Whose Gonna Love Me Now? Is a powerful film about ostracisation, roots and living with a HIV. Barak And Tomer Heymann’s documentary comes at the story from several angles. Whilst Saar’s family are religious and staunchly nationalist, they’re also disarmingly open, wrestling with their prejudices and love for a son. Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? Is a powerful film about the strength of family ties, identity, love, prejudice and homecoming.

Hosted by Julian Clary, a special Q&A screening of WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW? and performance by the London Gay Men’s Chorus will stream live via satellite to participating cinemas nationwide from the Barbican, London on 2 April. WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW? opens in select cinemas from 7 April. More information Peccadillo Pictures 2017

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