The Kiss Heard ‘Round The World now on DVD

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review – Our Lips Are Sealed, Directed by John Gallino.

The entire LGBT community of the greater New Jersey region along with that of much of the entire world can recall the epic, record breaking accomplishment a year ago of two students at The College of New Jersey, Matty Daley and Bobby Cancieilo, who broke the world’s record for the longest continuous kiss. Lip locked for over 33 hours, the young men triumphed over an astonishing test of physical endurance with the help and support of  hundreds of people on campus and over 10,000 viewers of the live streaming web broadcast world-wide.

John Gallino’s documentary of the whole event is a warm, loving masterpiece. There was no romance in this long kiss and it wasn’t very sexy either. It was much more than that. First, it was an expression of true friendship. On a deeper level it was a profound statement before the whole world that “yes, we can do this – we can show our love and affection publicly, just as straight people have always done. We are proud to be who we are. We are proud of the people we love and we will never hide our true selves.”

The film follows Matty and Bobby as they prepare, as they reflect on the meaning of what they intend to do and as they go ahead and kiss their way to a terribly exhausted, grimy, tearful and inexpressibly happy victory. For those of us who were fortunate enough to be there at the finish, this film stirs up a lot of emotions. For those who only read about it or saw it on TV, this will bring you in close and personal to the event and the people who made it happen.

An important part of the event – perhaps the most important – were the countless views and messages from gay kids all over the world, especially in Muslim countries where homosexuality is punishable by death, who felt empowered and no longer so alone.

Matty’s and Bobby’s action and the hundreds cheering them on sent those kids a message that there are indeed places in this world where we have created freedom and where our true natures can be revealed. In the immortal words of Harvey Milk, “you have to give them hope,” and that is just what Matty and Bobby did and what this charming and inspiring film records.

At the very end, the film’s dedication to the LGBT young people who committed suicide last year because of extreme bullying is a sobering reminder that even here, we have a long way to go yet.

Directed by John Gallino. Produced by Kelly Dolak www.ourlipsaresealed.com.

 

review – Our Lips Are Sealed, Directed by John Gallino.

The entire LGBT community of the greater New Jersey region along with that of much of the entire world can recall the epic, record breaking accomplishment a year ago of two students at The College of New Jersey, Matty Daley and Bobby Cancieilo, who broke the world’s record for the longest continuous kiss. Lip locked for over 33 hours, the young men triumphed over an astonishing test of physical endurance with the help and support of  hundreds of people on campus and over 10,000 viewers of the live streaming web broadcast world-wide.