I Am Gay

I Am Gay

| 10 min

After working abroad for five years, filmmaker Ajahnis Charley returns home to Oshawa, Ontario, in the age of quarantine. In addition to reuniting with his family, he returns with a mission to share some deep personal truths. Surprising conversations ensue with his mother and three siblings creating, in this humorous and heart-wrenching story about our need to seek love and acceptance within our own families.

Part of THE CURVE, a collection of social distancing stories that bring us together. Enjoy more works from this series here .

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I Am Gay, Ajahnis Charley, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Ajahnis Charley
  • director
    Ajahnis Charley
  • producer
    Lea Marin
  • executive producer
    Anita Lee
  • director mentor
    Alison Duke
  • editor
    Roslyn Kalloo
  • director of photography
    Ajahnis Charley
  • sound recordist
    Ajahnis Charley
  • featuring
    Suriya Charley
    Myjesty Charley
    Elijah Lancing
    Vanda Richards
    CJ Brown
    Michelle Richards
  • production supervisor
    Marcus Matyas
  • senior production coordinator
    Katie Murray
  • technical coordinator
    Kevin Riley
  • assistant editor
    Pranay Nichani
  • manager, studio operations
    Mark Wilson
  • studio administrator
    Andrew Martin-Smith
  • studio coordinator
    Carly Kastner
  • online editor
    Serge Verreault
  • titles
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • re-recording mixer
    Luc Léger
  • marketing manager
    Johanna Lessard
  • publicist
    Jennifer Mair
  • legal counsel
    Peter Kallianiotis

  • Parathink

    Wonderful! Love to hear what you are up to now. Best wishes!

    Parathink, 24 Jan 2023
  • rajgoaguy

    What a gem of a short. Powerful story. Humor so effective. Touching you were able to film and capture such a vulnerable moment with your family, and that they could be so honest. I also like that you use the word "Gay" so boldly. I no longer call myself queer. I have "straight" friends who now call themselves "Queer." To me, that makes it a meaningless term. As a non-white gay man, this was also very powerful for me to watch. Thanks!

    rajgoaguy, 5 Jan 2023
  • None

    I loved this. They love you, you can see it in their eyes. Thank you for sharing this.

    None, 24 Jun 2022

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