In 2014, Moroni Benally, armed with radical ideas and frustration about a lack of progress, took on the establishment when he ran as an underdog candidate to be president of the Navajo Nation. As the election unfolds, this documentary delves into Moroni’s layered identity as a Mormon and gay Navajo man and, along the way, expands to include other LGBTQ+ characters working on other campaigns. Moroni for President is an eye-opening exploration of the intersections of indigeneity, masculinity, religion, and queerness, set against the frenzied election to determine the Navajo Nation’s next president.
Preceded by The Beauty President:
2021. 10 m. Whitney Skauge. US. English. Rated .
“If a bad actor can be president, why not a good drag queen?” In 1992, Joan Jett Blakk made a historic bid for the White House as one of the first openly queer write-in candidates. Today, Terence Smith, the man behind the persona, reflects back on his place in gay rights history.
Read a special note for Pride Month from Series Curator Adrienne Frank on the JBFC Blog.