Visual material can be an important part of engaging your community in the realities of LGBTQ people in Africa and educating them about the meaning behind a Gilead Sabbath. Here are a collection of films, web-series, and op-docs that relate to the lives of LGBTQ people in Africa. Many are available for free, and others can be purchased. All will help your community understand the experiences of LGBTQ people in Africa and hopefully will lead to a conversation about how you can respond to the violence and persecution LGBTQ people face. These visual media can be shown as part of a religious education course, a community-wide film screening, or a worship service.
God Loves Uganda (83 min) “A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law.”
After showing the film in Malawi, many LGBTQ people were inspire to come out in front of local religious leaders, many of whom had never met someone they knew to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. The video can be seen here.
Call Me Kuchu (87 min) “In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.”
Born This Way Documentary (82 min) “There are more arrests for homosexuality in Cameroon than any other country in the world. With intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, Born This Way steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa. Lyrical imagery, devastating homophobia, the influence of western culture and a hidden-camera courtroom drama mysteriously coalesce into a story of what is possible in the global fight for equality.”
Watch the trailer here (3 min). The film will be available for purchase in 2015. Find information here about bookings and screenings.
Quorum: Global LGBT Voices (11 videos, 6-10 min each) “The stories of LGBT people around the world are rich, diverse, and often unheard. They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength. This is a forum for the voices defining the global struggle for justice.”
EYS! Educate Yo Self (5 videos, 2-3 min each) These short educational videos are designed “to help bring awareness to certain LGBT issues.” They focus on access to public accommodations, educational inequalities and discrimination, employment discrimination, economic inequalities, and housing discrimination.
The Pearl of Africa (7 episodes, 6 min each) “Uganda, once named the pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill for it’s diversity in ethnicity, gender, flora and fauna. Yet in all this richness it struggles to appreciate this diversity. Enter the life of Cleopatra Kambugu, a 27 year old Ugandan transgender girl, biologically born male in one of the worlds most homophobic places. Determened to prove that there’s more to gender than man and woman, she’s chosen to transition openly. A journey that takes the viewer inside of the closed Ugandan LGBTI-scene, showing a personal love story as well as a struggle for basic human rights.”
Seeking Asylum: None on Record (4 Videos, 6 min each) “This series follows Bisi Alimi, Skye Tenevimbo, John Bosco Nymobi and Uche Nnabuife: four LGBTI Africans who leave their home countries to claim asylum in the United Kingdom.”
These Op-Docs, or documentary op-eds, are short films featured in the New York Times that express a particular opinion or perspective. These op-docs emphasize one particular element of the experiences of LGBTQ people. They are short, accessible, and thought-provoking. They would provide a great starter for a religious education conversation.
An Attack on Equality (6 min)
Ana’s Story: Transgender in Cuba (4 min)
An African’s Message for America (7 min)
Gospel of Intolerance (8 min)
They Will Say We Are Not Here (5 min)