Valley Public Radio
Sep 13, 2019 This year, the Reel Pride Film Festival is celebrating its 30th year in Fresno. It’s the sixth largest and sixth longest running LGBTQ film festival in the country. "Year 30 is extremely important because it shows the perseverance and persistence of our community,” said Kathleen Arambula Reyna, the director and board president of Reel Pride. The festival has helped shape the cultural diversity of the city, Arambula-Reyna said, because it brings films that most people don’t have access to in the San Joaquin Valley. Two to three years ago LGBTQ films weren’t seen often, she said, and even though they're becoming more popular now, they're not as prevalent here as in larger cities. There are a variety of reasons why it’s important to have LGBTQ themed films in the Valley, Arambula-Reyna said. “First and foremost, it’s to expose issues that we deal with to the rest of the community, to show that we are just like them with similar problems, similar laughter, similar everything,” she said.