David Katz- Riddim Magazine

A groundbreaking work as the first film about homophobia in Jamaica directed by a Jamaican, Taboo Yardies is an unflinching portrayal of the realities facing lesbians and gays on the island today. Shot in Jamaica and amongst the expatriate community in New York, Taboo Yardies reveals some of the drastic misconceptions about homosexuality that are prevalent in Jamaica, with much antipathy voiced at both official governmental levels (during Bruce Golding’s reign) and on the streets of various communities. More measured testimony is provided by a range of noteworthy individuals, such as broadcaster Beverley Manley, psychologist Dr Aggrey Irons, and author Shirley Fletcher, as well as prominent folk based in the US, such as former mayor of Cambridge, Mass, Kenneth Reeves. One of the best things about the film is that the viewer is left to make up their own mind about this contentious subject, and although the harrowing testimony provided by Stacey-Ann Chin and others who have been physically attacked in Jamaica for being gay, the film contains an undercurrent of optimism, since policy changes that may soon be brought in elsewhere in the region may ultimately force future policy changes in Jamaica.