Friday, June 28, 2013

Born This Way

Born This Way, dir. Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullmann, 2012, USA, 85 min., in French and English with English subtitles 
Friday, June 28, 1:30 pm @ Castro

The summer of 2013 has seen some major strides forward for gay rights in the United States, but the picture in much of the rest of the world is much less rosy. Born This Way takes a look at the struggles of the gay and lesbian community in Cameroon, a former French colony located right at the “knee bend” of Africa. We meet the tiny staff of Alternatives Cameroon, an advocacy group for gay rights and HIV prevention and treatment, and Alice Nkom, a lawyer who fights fearlessly for fair treatment in a country where homosexual acts are still punishable by up to five years in prison. Although the backdrop of societal and official homophobia is depressing, these brave activists bring hope that Cameroon may yet move into the light. Worth seeing, highly recommended.

IMDb pageFacebook page • information about Alternatives Cameroon • Facebook page for Alice Nkom

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