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Transitioning: Transgender Children

In this moving film, we explore the transitioning through first-hand stories told by four young people who have taken this step. Their moving statements shed light on how these boys and girls felt, both before and after making the transition, and the difficult process that parents often go through in accepting that change.

"Hi, I’m David. I’m 6. When I was born they thought I was a girl, but the doctors were wrong and I was a boy." David is part of the new trans generation of people assigned the wrong sex at birth who chose to make the transition very early. For the first four years of his life, David was known as Sara. But for as a long as he could remember, he knew he was really a boy. Estel, now 11, was 8 when she chose to transition. Raquel, Mario and Marta were all in their teens.

Kidnapped for Christ

This multi-award winning documentary tells the story of how every year, thousands of American teenagers are kidnapped from their homes and shipped to Christian reform schools abroad on their parents’ orders.

Many of these teenagers are gay or deemed ‘troubled’ and their parents hope these schools, which operate outside of U.S. law, will transform them into ‘healthy Christian adults’.

Open Windows

In Madrid and in Paris, Boti, Empar, Micheline and Jocelyne, four lesbian women in their seventies tell of their fears, their desires, their differences... 

They are still active, or activists, and will not give in to the passage of time; they refuse to be pushed aside because of their age.

They look at others, and at society, with curiosity. They live their everyday lives to the fullest, taking advantage of all opportunities.
They show us their world, their experiences, and their problems, and talk about their relationship with age.

Beyond the taboos, they reflect on their loves, past and present, because their love lives and sex lives are not yet over.

Jury prize for Best Spanish Documentary at LesGaiCine Mad 2014 (Madrid,
Spain), Best Director at Toronto International Queer West Film Festival
2015 (Canada), Audience Award for Best Documentary at VII Festival de
Cine de la Diversidad Sexual / Cine Movilh (Chile).

Global Gay

A global revolution is underway to obtain what UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Barack Obama call ‘the final frontier in human rights’: the universal decriminalization of homosexuality.  Homosexuality is forbidden in almost half of the world. Out of 196 UN member states, there are 7 where it is punishable by death.

In 84 others, it can merit prison and physical punishment. But today, momentum is building and the debate on gay rights is omnipresent - whether it be regarding legalization in the Middle-East and Africa or the focus of gay marriage laws in the West.

After years of long diplomatic struggle, several world leaders have declared themselves in favor of the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. But victory won’t come easily. The countries that still punish homosexuality refuse to give in to international pressure. Global
acceptance and equality will take time to achieve.

‘Global Gay’ follows this battle for decriminalization through the lives and work of some of its fearless pioneers, providing a vibrant chronicle of the growing global social movement. In the words of Ban Ki Moon, “The time has come”.

Grand Prize of the World Organisation against Torture (FIFDH Geneva); Special Mention for long feature (Florence Queer festival)

Coal Heap Kids

A moving film on the loss of childhood innocence and coming of age in a deprived European community.

Fifteen year old Loïc and his ten year old brother, Théo, live in the French former mining town of Lens. Surrounded by poverty and unemployment, Loïc, has stopped going to school. While his teachers try to encourage him, his mother, Patricia, struggles to hold the family together.

A reflection on the devastating effects of poverty and finding hope in the most unlikely of places.

Japan Prize Best Documentary in Youth Category  & Japan Prize Grand Prix (Japan Prize 2017, Tokyo, JAPAN)



Artist Paul Harfleet’s family had always accepted his sexuality, but it was a different story outside the home. Like many
young gay people, he regularly faced abuse. So he developed an artistic work, the Pansy Project, to challenge homophobia and promote respect and tolerance.

For 10 years, Harfleet has been travelling the world, meeting people and planting pansies at the site of homophobia. A single pansy to provoke consciousness, to encourage reflection, to prompt discussion in the public place.

A poetic plant for a symbolic commemorative gesture.

We follow Harfleet in this award winning documentary as he brings his Pansy Project to France for the first time. From Paris to Marseille, via Lille, Strasbourg and Avignon, Harfleet finds his own way with his flowers, goes searching for testimonies and exposes the prejudices and discrimination gay people in Europe still face.

Awards Best International ​Documentary Feature Award (KASHISH Mumbai Queer International Film Festival, India 2016); Best Documentary Award
(Kranjska Gora International Film Festival, Slovenia 2016).
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Java Films is one of Europe’s leading independent documentary distributors. Founded in 2005, Java Films rapidly established itself as one of Europe’s leading independent documentary distributors, providing production support and distribution to both finished films and projects in development.

In 2013, we opened a separate department - Java Features - to handle our growing theatrical catalogue and in 2014 we opened a separate office in London. Our films include international Emmy winners and have been nominated for prestigious prizes like the Goyas or premiered at important festivals like Sundance, Tribeca or HotDocs.