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Voices of Those Who Dare to Stand Up for Human Rights.

The concept of  Taboo…Yardies is to explore the perception of Jamaica as an Island that is saturated with homophobia/homo-intolerant by providing Jamaicans who are pro, con and everywhere in between this highly controversial issue an opportunity to share their own realities. Additionally, the Taboo… Yardies gives a voice to those Jamaicans who dare to speak up and out about the intolerance and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, particularly as it pertains to an individual’s human rights. We hope to give viewers an opportunity to decide for themselves whether to view Jamaica as a homophobic/homo-intolerant culture is perception or reality. More importantly, we hope Taboo…Yardies becomes a vehicle that spurs an open an honest conversation that ultimately promotes respect and tolerance for all people regardless of sexual orientation. This documentary is unashamedly in support of human rights and against violence being advocated and/or perpetrated against lesbians, gay bisexuals and transgender Jamaicans.

Filmmaker:  Selena Blake

Selena Blake was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Selena’s first big break came as a model. Her entrée into modeling was that of a fairy tale. She was working as a stock girl on Park Avenue when an Arab Sheik came into the store and selected several gowns worth thousands of dollars. The house model was late and Selena, who wasn’t the least bit interested in modeling, was asked to model a few gowns for the Sheik. That’s when her modeling career took off. Since that experience, she has graced the covers of several women’s magazines and fashion newspapers. She has also modeled in advertisements for such companies as: American Express, Revlon, and Phillip Morris. Selena thereafter became very interested in the world of film, and also graced the silver screen, with small roles in such films as: Third Watch, Changing Lanes, and The Best Man.

In 2004 Selena decided to open her own film production company (MayNov Productions LLC). Her first production would be on “Queensbridge the documentary would show the outside world the neighborhood of Queensbridge Housing Project, Selena brought national and international awareness to daily life in the projects for people who may only understand the negative stereotypes that have been portrayed throughout popular culture.

Since its completion in December 2005, “Queensbridge: The Other Side was screened nationally and Internationally.

Selena’s ultimate goal to offer kids living in urban Housing Projects more educational programs, and cultural opportunities, thus exposing them to viable options other than what they see on a daily basis in the streets.

Currently Selena has just completed her own second documentary; “TABOO…YARDIES” a controversial documentary that explores the perceptions that portray the island of Jamaica dominated by homophobes. It also explores the intolerance and violence towards lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender. “TABOO…YARDIES” gives a voice to those Jamaicans who are pro, con and everywhere in between this highly controversial matter.

 

Cast:

Prime Minister of Jamaica- Bruce Golding
Mrs. Beverly Anderson Manley
Shirley Fletcher
Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones
Kenneth Reeves
Kevin Avigal
Jose Richards
Wayne Besen
Evangelist Everald Minnot
Ian McKnight
Jason McFarlane
Kevin aka Roach
StaceyAnn Chin
Misha Mancini
Patrick James
Kirk Clarke
Rev. Carl Bean
Diedra Meredith
Dadland Maye
Nina Kennedy
Tio Louis
Keisha Eastman
Angel
Scott Denny
Veronica Grant
AnnMarie Grant
Sherine Harty
Suadine McLarty
Michael Petrelis
Bevan Dufty
Rebecca Rolfe
Andrea Shorter
Nathan Kerr
Congresswoman- Yvette Clarke
Thomas Glave
Rebecca Schilfer
Marcia P. Garnett
Princess Zaccheo
Cheryl Gordon
DJ Roy Walters
Louis Moreno
Bishop Zachary G. Jones
Rev. Newton Gabbidon
Larry Chang
Dr. Basil Wilson
Dr. Aggrey Irons
Dr. Karen Carpenter PHD CST
Dr. Wendel Abel
Dr. Lester Orville Shields
Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou
Renne
Debra boyle
Mildred – Artist formally known as Dred

Crew

Director
Selena Blake
Executive Producer/ Producer
Selena Blake
Editors
Shibani Balsaver
Dean Wiltshire
Assistant Editors
Morgan Goldin
Richard Benege
Camera
Kristal Mosley
Morgan Goldin
Bruce Giglio
Subtitle Translator
Aubrey Campbell
Subtitle Consultant
Todd Craig
Transcription by
Todd Craig
Original music score
DJ Journey
Sound Mixer
Richard Lamb
Graphic Designer
Ed Blake
Legal Consultants
Wayne S. McKenzie
Robert A. Celestin