THE PEARL OF AFRICA | PREVIEW

THE PEARL OF AFRICA | PREVIEW

Sat 5 Nov | 16:00 | Rich Mix                   BOOK NOW

Thur 3 Nov | 18:30 | Ritzy Brixton     BOOK NOW

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.

On 3 November for a discussion on personal journeys and the themes raised in the film by Travis Alabanza (performer and poet) Remmie K Najjuma (Ugandan asylum seeker). Chaired by Busi Deyi.

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Director Jonny von Wallström burst on to the independent movie scene with his film Zero Silence, which premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest in 2011. Born in Sweden in 1982, Jonny studied digital post-production and graphic design before making documentaries. The Pearl Of Africa is his first feature, premiering in competition at Hot Docs 2016. He directed, shot, edited, composed, animated, co-produced and sound designed  the film himself.