Pulitzer Center grantee Micah Fink screens his film on the struggle against homophobia in Jamaica
THE ABOMINABLE CRIME, at heart, is a story about a mother’s love for her child and an activist’s troubled love for his country. It also gives voice to gay Jamaicans who, in the face of endemic anti-gay violence, are forced to flee their homeland.
Simone, a young lesbian single mother, survives a brutal anti-gay shooting. Now she must choose between hiding with her daughter in Jamaica in constant fear for their lives or escaping alone to seek safety and asylum abroad.
Maurice, Jamaica’s leading human-rights activist, is outed shortly after filing a lawsuit challenging his country’s anti-sodomy law. After receiving a flood of death threats, he escapes to Canada, and then risks everything to return to continue his activism.
Told first hand as they unfold, these personal accounts take the audience on an emotionally gripping journey traversing four years and five countries. Their stories expose the roots of homophobia in Jamaican society, reveal the deep psychological and social impacts of discrimination on the lives of gays and lesbians, and offer an intimate first-person perspective on the risks and challenges of seeking asylum abroad.
Micah Fink, the founder of Common Good Productions, is an award-winning producer, director and writer specializing in international affairs, public health, and environmental issues. He is also on the faculty at the Graduate Program in Social Documentary at the School Of Visual Arts in NYC.
Recent projects that aired in 2011 include “Mann v. Ford,” a feature documentary for HBO and “Hostage Crisis Massacre” for National Geographic Explorer. He also created the “New Teacher Survival Guide” series for the Teaching Channel and WNET.org and served as Segment Producer on eight hours of Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Project.”
Current projects include “Marine Defenders,” a multi-platform educational project in partnership with the SUNY Maritime Academy, funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, and “Soldier Girls,” a feature film about the life altering consequences of a single act of anti-gay violence in Jamaica.
Micah learned the ropes of documentary production while working on several investigative projects for Frontline, as a field producer for the Dupont Award winning ABC News series “Hopkins 24/7,” and as an associate producer on the ground-breaking PBS living history series “Frontier House”. Over the last fifteen years, he has worked on more than three dozen films for clients including PBS Wide Angle, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Wild, Frontline, WNET, The Teaching Channel, and ABC News.
Micah’s work has been recognized with three Emmy nominations, two Cine Golden Eagle Awards, a Silver Screen award, and an International Film and Video Award. He was a Japan Society Fellow in 2008 and a Kaiser Media Health Fellow in 2005. Micah has a MS in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.
This event is presented by the Center for International Studies and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.