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A scene from ''I Can't Think Straight,'' by Shamim Sarif, screening at the LGBT Film Festival beginning this week. A scene from ''I Can't Think Straight,'' by Shamim Sarif, screening at the LGBT Film Festival beginning this week.
By Danny Deza
Globe Correspondent / May 3, 2009
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The 25th annual LGBT Film Festival - a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture (formerly known as the Boston Gay & Lesbian Film & Video Festival) - will take place May 6-17. Hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, as in past years, screenings this year will also take place at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square and at Fenway Health's new space at 1340 Boylston St.

The women's opening-night film is "I Can't Think Straight," by Boston University alumna Shamim Sarif. It follows a young woman reconsidering her marriage after someone new comes into her life. The screening will be preceded by a dance performance from Mesma S. Belsare, a locally based dancer, choreographer, actor, visual artist, and educator trained in classical Bharatanatyam dance style. A reception will follow. $15 general, $12 members, students, and seniors, 7 p.m., May 6, Museum of Fine Arts.

The men's opening night film, "Pedro," follows the life of Pedro Zamora, a former "Real World" cast member who dedicated his life to HIV/AIDS activism, and whose death brought heightened attention to the health crisis. $15 general, $12 members, students, and seniors, 7 p.m., May 7, MFA, 617-369-3907,

Other festival highlights:

May 8 In "Family," a group of 30-something lesbian friends make a pact to come out of the closet to their loved ones.

May 9 "A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square" follows seven gay and lesbian seniors trying to secure a home in the first affordable housing project for the elderly gay community in the United States.

May 9 "Kiss the Moon" (Chan di chummi) portrays the life of members of a sub-culture of transsexuals in Pakistan.

May 9 "Trinidad" visits a small Colorado town that bears the moniker "Sex-Change Capital of the World."

May 13 The Israeli romantic comedy "Antarctica," is about a man hoping to find love before his 30th birthday.

May 13 In "The New Twenty," five New Yorkers struggle to find their source of discontent.

May 14 Two women in love take a chance on an experimental scientific process that makes sperm from their own stem cells, in the fictional "The Baby Formula."

May 15 Manu and Philippe are a loving couple, but a disagreement over adoption puts a strain on their relationship in "Baby Love."

May 16 "Fig Trees" is a video opera highlighting the parallel struggles of individuals battling pharmaceutical giants and governments in the face of AIDS.

May 16 "Chef's Special" follows an openly gay restaurant owner whose ex-wife and children show up unexpectedly.

May 16 "Still Black" is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of six black transgender men living in the United States.


At the Harvard Film Archive. Tonight at 7 is "An Evening With Stephen Prina." A conceptual artist, musician, and Harvard professor, Prina will screen and discuss two of his films, "The Way He Always Wanted It II" and "Vinyl II." The following night at 7, filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki will present "Demolition," a documentary that focuses on a huge demolition site in the center of Chengdu, China. 617-495-4700,

Award Winners. Local filmmakers Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman were honored with a Silver Plaque in the documentary: history/biography category for their film "The Powder & Glory," at the 45th Hugo Television Awards last month. The documentary is the story of pioneering cosmetics entrepreneurs Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein and their legendary rivalry.