Saturday Church

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A remarkable debut feature for writer-director Damon Cardasis, Saturday Church explores gender identity with wisdom and striking sensitivity.

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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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  • A sensitive look at a young man's exploration of his identity and sexuality.

    January 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A sweet film with a purity of purpose and intent, elevating it above other films portraying similar struggles.

    January 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Under the generous debut direction of Damon Cardasis, there's enough heart and raw truth here to uplift the moments that falter.

    January 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Given its compact running time, the film proves a surprisingly rich experience, one that effectively balances hope and possibility with some of the harsher realities of disenfranchised LGBTQ youth.

    January 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It is a disarmingly and consistently sensitive movie that remains engaging even when its reach sometimes exceeds its grasp.

    January 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Director Cardasis keeps his characters and actors at arm's length, as if he's a little scared of them or worried about seeming like a tourist.

    January 10, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dan Callahan

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