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African Pride

59 min ( Country Ireland, South Africa ) | Director: Laura Fletcher

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Winner of Best Human Rights Documentary at Galway Film Fleadh 2014 ‘African Pride’ shares the stories of lesbian women in South Africa’s townships who are meeting homophobic violence with their visibility.

South Africa’s Constitution was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But rights belie the reality for many. Homophobia has found violent expression in assaults, rape and murders. In South African townships lesbian women are frequently the targets of some of the most brutal of these attacks; their sexuality condemned as un-African, un-Christian and unacceptable. However there is a growing movement of people who are responding to this violence and prejudice by taking to the streets. They hold memorials. They protest. They celebrate Pride in their townships. These demonstrations are noisy, colourful and courageous and they have become impossible to ignore. Each person bearing a banner has their own reason to be visible and it is through these stories that “African Pride’ explores this determined, relentless and colourful movement.

Stories of lesbian women in South Africa’s townships who are meeting homophobic violence with their visibility. South Africa’s Constitution was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But rights believe the reality for many. Homophobia has found violent expression in assaults.

Den etablerade homofobin i Sydafrika har fått ett våldsamt uttryck i form av mord och våldtäkter, och det är framförallt lesbiska kvinnor som blir offer då deras sexuella läggning ses som oafrikanskt och okristligt. Det finns dock en växande rörelse som kämpar aktivt mot våldet och diskrimineringen. Med en färgsprakande ihärdighet håller ‘African Pride’ i minnesstunder, demonstrationer, och parader som inne går att missa.

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