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Ulysses (Luka Kain) is a fourteen-year-old boy struggling with his gender identity. Facing a tough life at home under the watchful eye of his aunt (Regina Taylor), Ulysses goes to the Village, where he finds the freedom to explore his true identity. This musical coming-of-age tale won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017. Directed by Damon Cardasis.
3 stars out of 4 -- "SATURDAY CHURCH is a sweet film with a purity of purpose and intent, elevating it above other films portraying similar struggles." - 01/12/2018 RogerEbert.com
"[H]eartfelt...endearing as it escapes into interior-monologue numbers and expressive dance breaks to mark out the exploration of sexuality and gender identity of a Bronx teenager, played with lovely subdued intensity by newcomer Luka Kain." - 04/23/2017 Hollywood Reporter
"[C]onstructive in the way it invites viewers to consider and discuss issues of intolerance and hypocrisy, even as it encourages those who don’t fit the straight, marriage-oriented paradigm to embrace their own identities." - 04/29/2017 Variety
"Sensitively written and directed by Damon Cardasis, the movie is punctuated by an affecting string of musical numbers that deepen and enliven this lovely, vital tale." - 01/11/2018 Los Angeles Times
"It is a disarmingly and consistently sensitive movie that remains engaging....The wonderful cast brings the story home, and Mr. Kain in particular is a real find." - 01/11/2018 New York Times