In Uganda, homosexuality is illegal. Homosexual people are arrested and imprisoned. They are pushed aside and singled out, their families usually estrange them, and even the press publishes personal photographs denouncing them as such. In 2014, the Ugandan parliament promoted an anti-gay law asking for the death penalty under certain circumstances, but it was overturned by procedural issues and the international support the Ugandan LGBT community was able to mobilize.
In this context, last 9-11 December 2016 saw the birth of Queer Kampala, the first edition of Uganda LGTB Film Festival. Its organizers wanted to host a public event but after the arrests at the Gay Pride marches in Kampala they decided to distribute the programme among activists and supporters and inform people via text message of the locations and times of the 26 projections, nine of which were African.
The goal of this festival is to bring together the Ugandan LGBT community; to enable the sharing of situations they can relate to; to create spaces for communication and understanding between lgtb people and those willing to get to know them and better understand what this means; to create empowering tools through contact with other filmmakers; to create awareness of the worldwide LGTB support.
The true value of this action lies on its developers. Activists, fighters who believe that change is possible and that it must be done on all fronts. Change should not stem from the need for legal changes that would make them visible and able to live on an equal footing in their own country, but from one of the biggest eye-openers: cinema and culture.
Kamoga Hassan, festival director, is an audiovisual filmmaker who has decided to focus on showing the reality of LGBT people in Uganda. He is hopeful and he firmly believes that although it can be a long process, one day changes will happen and little by little things will be different. The most important thing for him is to continue to speak up, to continue working and fighting so that more and more people can talk without fear and can discover they are not alone. The switch has already been flicked and he longs to help the shift with this festival.
It is our pride to offer our support, our admiration and respect to the organizers of Queer Kampala and to award them with Special Award from Zinegoak.
“OUTED” SPECIAL SCREENING
Os invitamos a participar en la entrega del premio especial de Zinegoak 2017 al Queer Kamapala International Film Festival.
Hassan Kamoga, director del festival cine LGBT de Uganda, recibirá el galardón en la sala BBK .
Además se proyectará OUTED: the painful reality, obra dirigida por Kamoga Hassan y basada en un la historia real de John Alex Kigozi, una de las personas homosexuales cuya fotografía fue publicada en la portada del principal periódico de Uganda, denunciándolo públicamente como homosexual.
Una vez terminada la proyección será el propio Kamoga quien pueda explicarnos más brevemente las características que tuvo la producción, rodaje y distribución de esta obra.
24 FEBRUARY / 19:00 / SALA BBK/ FREE