28 Jan

The First Ugandan Transgender Love Story (VIDEO)

by Jonny von Wallström
Huffington Post / 12/09/2014

“For the past 18 months I’ve been working on a documentary called The Pearl of Africa, which captures a personal story about love, hate and being transgender in one of the world’s most transphobic places, Uganda.

“I first met Cleopatra Kambugu in June 2012 when I was introduced to her through friends. I was fascinated by her determination to be the first Ugandan transgender woman accepted for her true gender identity. Despite the hate and violent history in her country, she wanted to humanize trans people.”

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The YouTube channel for all six episodes of The Pearl of Africa” including the one above are at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP4iXOk2RqiXsAZA0nRO_hQ

Website for the film “The Pearl Of Africa”where you can learn more about it and about Cleo: http://pearlofafrica.tv/

05 Sep

“Stories Of Our Lives,” Kenyan film tells stories of LGBT people in world premiere tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival

Kenyan film tells stories of LGBT lives
by Christopher Vourlias – THE SCRUTINEER – September 5, 2014

“A man arranges a sexual liaison with another man and sits in a hotel room, waiting for a knock on the door. Teenage girlfriends face an awkward reunion after being pulled apart by school officials. A woman and her female partner dream up an escape plan as angry mobs threaten to evict gays from their homes.

“These and other real-life stories, drawn from a collaborative project to document the lives of members of Kenya’s LGBT community, were the inspiration for “Stories Of Our Lives,” a collection of five fictional vignettes that will have its world premiere tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival.”

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