SOUTH AFRICA’S post-apartheid constitution was the first to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but the legal aspiration and the reality on the ground are very different.
Homophobia continues to find violent expression in assaults, rapes, and murders, and since April 2011 more than 20 LGBT people have been killed - six in one month alone. Yet gay South Africans are not going underground, but are taking to the streets in growing numbers for protests, memorials, and pride marches.
A new documentary - African Pride, the directorial debut of RTÉ journalist Laura Fletcher - examines those who are choosing visibility over silence and meeting the challenges of homophobia head on.
African Pride will be screened in the Cinemobile (opposite the Town Hall Theatre) on Thursday (July 10) at 2pm as part of the Galway Film Fleadh. It has also been selected to compete in the fleadh’s Best Human Rights Documentary award.
Editing and post production on African Pride was by Galway’s Riverside Television, whose credits include Risteard O’Domhnaill’s award winning The Pipe.
Tickets are available through www.galwayfilmfleadh.com