Winner of Best Human Rights Documentary at Galway Film Fleadh 2014 and the Green Rose for Best Documentary with a Global Message at the Jaipur International Film Festival 2015, ‘African Pride’ shares the stories of lesbian women in South Africa’s townships who are meeting prejudice and violence with visibility.
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 has found violent expression in assaults, rape and murders. In South African townships lesbian women are frequently the targets of some of the most brutal of these attacks, their sexuality condemned as un-African, un-Christian and unacceptable.
However there is growing movement of people who are responding to this violence and prejudice by taking to the streets. They hold memorials. They protest. They celebrate Pride in their townships. These demonstrations are noisy, colourful and courageous and they have become impossible to ignore.
Each person bearing a banner has their own reason to be visible and it is through these stories that “African Pride’ explores this determined, relentless and colourful movement.