DVD: “Hara Kiri,” “Fire Song,” “Chemsex,” & More!

Lawrence Ferber

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We bet you’re just aching for some brain dead escapism right about now, but this week’s home entertainment picks are a little more thoughtful and challenging – and hey, maybe we need that, right?

A young, gay First Nations boy must choose between family and finding a better life for himself in Fire Song, punky queer indie Hara Kiri sees a pair of Los Angeleno skaters debate a suicide pact, and documentary Chemsex infiltrates a dark underworld of drug use and sex in London.

Now for some trailers and details!

 

Hara Kiri

($24.99 DVD; Breaking Glass Pictures)

Cuban-American filmmaker Henry Alberto brings us this ultra-scrappy queer indie about a pair of Los Angeleno skaterboy lovers, Beto and August, who form a suicide pact and live out one last, crazy day together. Shot over just three days using a bare bones outline as script and plenty of improvisation, Alberto’s Gregg Araki-esque

 

 

Fire Song

($26.99 DVD: Wolfe)

Living on an Anishinaabe reservation in Ontario, Canada, teenager Shane finds himself at a crossroads in the wake of his sister’s suicide. Does he head to big city Toronto for college, hopefully with his downlow boyfriend in tow, or remain at home for his family, with limited prospects for personal growth and happiness? A truly promising debut for first time feature writer/director Adam Garnet Jones – himself of Cree and Metis First Nations heritage, with superb performance from beguiling and talented young lead Andrew Martin.

 

Chemsex

($19.99 DVD: Breaking Glass Pictures)

In London, there exists a dark playground of sex and drugs where many gay men lose themselves and risk their health – massive new HIV infection rates to begin – careers, relationships and very lives. Directors William Fairman and Max Gogarty introduce us to a number of people caught up with these addictions, aka “slammers,” and those who seek to help them find an escape. Disturbing, enlightening, and important stuff here.

 

 

ALSO OUT:

 

25161418Sausage Party

 

Indignation

 

Phantom Boy

 

Powers: Season 2

 

Morris From America

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