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Saturday Church (2018)

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SATURDAY CHURCH tells the story of 14-year-old Ulysses, a shy and effeminate boy, who finds himself coping with new responsibilities as "man of the house" after the death of his father. Living alongside his mother, younger brother, and conservative aunt, Ulysses is also struggling with questions about his gender identity. He finds an escape by creating a world of fantasy filled with dance and music. Ulysses' journey takes a turn for the better when he encounters a vibrant transgender community, who take him to "Saturday Church," a program for LGBTQ youth. Ulysses manages to keep his two worlds apart; appeasing his aunt and discovering his passion for the NYC ball scene, and voguing, until his double life is revealed. Ulysses must find the courage to be who he truly is, all while risking losing those he cares about most.

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Luka Kain
as Ulysses
Regina Taylor
as Aunt Rose
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Critic Reviews for Saturday Church

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The songs aren't very good and the acting sometimes borders on camp, but there's no denying his ambition or his concern for homeless youth.

September 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Constructive in the way it invites viewers to consider and discuss issues of intolerance and hypocrisy, even as it encourages those who don't fit the straight, marriage-oriented paradigm to embrace their own identities.

April 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Cardasis brings a sensitive eye to the subject, painting a textured picture of Ulysses' solitude and his hunger for self-knowledge.

April 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Injecting fantasy sequences and musical numbers into its gritty, poignant plotline, it's a coming-of-age spectacle.

September 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Though unwieldy at times, the film never loses sight of Luka Kain's vibrant but vulnerable performance as the meek Ulysses who is the anchor that keeps the film on beat.

August 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Saturday Church is a racially and sexually diverse rumination on identity that defies simple definition in its low-key elegance.

May 4, 2017 | Rating: 8.9/10 | Full Review…

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