Event Date and time: November 5 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Venue details: Rich Mix | 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6L

Organisers: Film Africa0203 073 8337 | |

The Royal African Society | 20 3073 8335 |

Event website: The Pearl of Africa – FILM AFRICA 2016

Event cost: £11

Dir. Jonny von Wallström
Sweden. 2016. 90 mins. English, Luganda with English subtitles. N/C 15+

Cleopatra Kambugu’s humour and warmth belie her circumstance. As a transgender woman living in Uganda, everyday life is tough. Uganda is a country blessed with beauty and biodiversity, yet the diversity of its people is shunned by many. This is typified by a notorious bill threatening life imprisonment for homosexuality. When she is outed on the front page of Kampala’s main tabloid, Cleopatra is forced to flee with long-term boyfriend Nelson. We follow Cleopatra and Nelson as they leave their homeland and journey into the unknown, and witness the strain that prejudice puts on their relationship. At its heart a universal love story, this is also an incredibly uplifting and personal account of courage and hope.

Screening with short

RELUCTANTLY QUEER
Dir. Akosua Adoma Owusu
Ghana/USA/ 2016. 8 mins. English. N/C 15+

Focused on a letter that is ultimately filled with hesitation and uncertainty, Reluctantly Queer both disrobes and questions what it means to be queer for this man in this time and space.

The screening will be followed by intimate reflections on personal journeys from the African diaspora LGBTQ community.

Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s  annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Launched in 2011, Film Africa is now the UK’s largest festival of African film and culture. Every year, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.

 

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