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Pride is a Riot: 20 Films Celebrating Crime, Chaos and Queer Joy

For Pride 2021, writer and festival programmer Shayna Maci Warner curates twenty films, in no ranked order, that exemplify queer principles of anti-assimilation, collective strength and/or straight-up crime.

Read Shayna’s accompanying essay for Letterboxd on the joys of watching movies about “being gay and doing crime”.

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  • Ema
  • Set It Off
  • By Hook or by Crook
  • Bound
  • La Leyenda Negra
  • Pink Flamingos
  • Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria
  • D.E.B.S.
  • Born in Flames
  • Itty Bitty Titty Committee
  • The Living End
  • Kajillionaire
  • BloodSisters
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • MAJOR!
  • The Handmaiden
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Bad Education
  • Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger
  • Looking for Langston