CSUN Psychology Professor Luciana Lagana Wins Multiple Awards

September 21, 2016

Prof. Luciana Lagana with her award for Best Political Statement Movie at 2016 AOF Film FestivalPsychology professor, actor, host, director and social impact filmmaker Luciana Lagana received the Best Political Statement Movie Award at the 2016 Action on Film (AOF) International Film Festival in Monrovia, California for her feature documentary LGBT UNITED.

This film is currently being tested for its anti-bias value at California State University, Northridge. It won several awards on the film festival circuit, including a diversity award at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival 2016, the California Endowment Special Sons and Brothers Award for positive and balanced depictions of young men of color.

“The fact that this movie is winning awards suggests that the topics of LGBTQ bullying, violence, homelessness and extreme discrimination are close to the hearts of many people, including LGBTQ allies,” stated Dr. Luciana. One of those allies is a young lawyer who is a very dedicated LGBTQ rights advocate. In the film, she provided a heartfelt description of her LGBTQ family members’ struggles that motivated her to become an ally for LGBTQ human rights.

“Not all the interviewees in LGBT UNITED are LGBTQ members. The LGBTQ ally interviewed in my movie was very direct and at times struggled to hold back her tears on camera as she recounted what happened to some of her LGBTQ family members. She stated that witnessing many examples of human rights violations at a young age, without being able to help her loved ones who had to endure severe discrimination and violence just because they were not heterosexual, motivated her to become an attorney and fight for justice for this discriminated minority. She is certainly a strong role model of human rights activism,” Dr. Luciana concluded.

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Understanding Pain in Older Age, the first feature documentary of California State University Northridge (CSUN) psychology professor and filmmaker Luciana Lagana has received another award, this time at the Alaska International Film Awards, where it won the Northern Lights Emerging Talent Award.

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