Prom can be a polarizing experience, and later, a fragmented memory. For those who live their fantasies, it’s a night of dream dresses and perfect kisses. For others, it can be the ceremonious final straw for a less than thrilling high school experience. For those in the LGBTQ community, it has historically been a space fraught with exclusion, something that is explored in Andrew Moir’s short documentary, Take Me To Prom, which tells 7 unique LGBTQ prom stories through a tender, nostalgic lens.
In Take Me to Prom, we meet 88-year-old Alf, who never heard of the word “gay” in high school; Fontaine, who adored his prom date’s outfit but didn’t know why; Marc, who provoked a national media sensation when he went to court so he could take his boyfriend to prom; and Caroline, who shows us the complex realities faced by queer youth today. “Take Me To Prom came from a place of wanting to build intergenerational community around me,” says Moir. “I think queer people toss around the term ‘LBGTQ community’ too liberally. A lot of people are divided, particularly generationally. I wanted to bridge those divides with this documentary.”
Take Me to Prom,which recently won a Canadian Screen Award for best short documentary, is a heart-warming reminder of the work the LGBTQ community has accomplished, as well as the work we all have left to do to fight for equality in Canada and internationally. “The film has universal themes of youth, coming-of-age, and feeling like an outsider but I think its strength really comes from the seven subjects. They’re all such characters (and I mean that in a good way!) – funny, wise, and so completely themselves – and they range in age from 88 to 17,” says Moir. “I’m grateful that we got this chance to meet each other and make something together that we can be proud of.”
Watch Moir’s short, which premiered on CBC Gem, below.