“NOWHERE”— Two Men, Two Countries, Nowhere To Go

“NOWHERE”

Two Men, Two Countries, Nowhere To Go

Amos Lassen

Adrian and Sebastian, gay immigrants, live an openly gay life in New York. When Sebastian’s visa is rejected, the two have to decide whether to return to Colombia where they face rejection and persecution for their sexual orientation or do whatever is necessary to stay in the United States. The thoughts and discussions associated with the decision will have a profound effect on the couple. The film looks at the difficult immigration situation in the US that brings about a sense of homelessness and lack of belonging for the two guys.

Love requires compromise and sacrifice and this is the focus of “Nowhere”. We see fear within the context of Colombians of the LGBT community. While progress has been made in Colombia for the LGBT community, it continues to be marginalized by the conservative population. We see something about the community and hear from those who are often silenced or ignored . Hopefully it will begin a dialogue on the importance of respect and love. 

The characters are seen within the context of the difficult immigration situation in the US that causes the feeling of the lack of belonging. What if the places that you believe you belong are the ones that don’t want you? That is the challenge that the two young men wrestle with and their relationship hangs in the balance. 

 

We meet 2 young attractive gay men, Adrian and Sebastian and are very quickly exposed to their problems and conflicts. Adrian almost immediately comes across as a know-it-all who is angry and unlikable. We soon discover that Adrian is running from his homophobic Colombian family that wants him to marry a woman and carry on the family business and he drags Sebastian with him to New York. Sebastian has come out and is rejected by his family but his visa to stay in New York expires and is unlikely to be renewed. Adrian works hard at trying to get Sebastian married to an American woman for hire to obtain the visa but he alienates all the prospective candidates along the way.

David and Francisco Salazar’s “Nowhere” is  attempt to showcase the issues of homophobic families and US immigration visas tearing apart relationships.

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