As Galway celebrates its 25th Community Pride festival this week, Amnesty International in Galway is delighted to host a screening of this thought-provoking film, followed by a panel discussion with Director Laura Fletcher, Ashling Seely, Amnesty International Ireland’s LGBT Campaign Officer, Nuala Ward from Amach LGBT Galway, and Androgynous Model and LGBT rights campaigner Ivan Fahy.
Directed by Laura Fletcher, this independent documentary looks at the way in which South Africans are meeting crimes targeting lesbian women, gay men and transgender people with visibility by means of township Prides and protests.
The Galway Film Fleadh described it as “a powerful insight into the brave fight against homophobia in South Africa.” African Pride went on to be nominated for Best Documentary at GAZE International LGBT Film Festival, where it had its Dublin Premiere earlier this month.
Date: Thursday 21 August 2014
“African Pride is a South African story which deals with issues that resonate across the globe. It’s the story of discrimination, resilience, love and loss,” said Fletcher.
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 continues to find violent expression in assaults, rapes and murders. More than 20 people have been killed since April 2011, six in one month alone.
In response mourners, comrades, friends and survivors are taking to the streets in growing numbers for memorials, protests and township Pride marches.
This self and crowd-funded documentary is RTÉ journalist Laura Fletcher’s directorial debut. After working for a media and human rights non-governmental organisation in Johannesburg for a year, Fletcher chose to document LGBT life and activism in South Africa’s townships. African Pride is the poignant, painful yet inspiring result.