2016 Event

Day One Events

Day one program 1:30pm – 09:00pm

12:00pm: Arrival of guests

1:00pm: Opening remarks (20mins)

Film Screenings

Friday, December 09 1:30pm
Out & About, 2016, Director by Koen Suidgeest 
Kenya, Russia and Indonesia, 30 mins, Documentary, AFRICAN PREMIER

Parents of members of the LGBT community unwillingly find themselves in the closet once their son or daughter tells them they are gay. At some point, they too have to come out to the world around them. Yet in many countries, being open about their children is out of the question due to enormous social stigmas or anti-gay laws. Parents in particular find themselves stuck between society’s need to conformity and boundless love for their sons and daughters.

Friday, December 09 2:15pm
My Brother, 2015, Director by Miguel Lafuente 
Germany, Spain, 22:22 mins, Drama, EAST AFRICAN PREMIER

MY BROTHER tells the story of a young Spanish, Alberto, who have fled as far as possible from her conservative family. He lives in Berlin with her partner, and works as an illustrator of comics. But an unexpected event forces him to return to his suffocating Castilian village and confront not only their own origins but lies who created to survive. To save his guilty he will try to change the future of their tragedy through fiction, as best he can do, drawing. It is a story that takes us from a cosmopolitan, artistic and free world into a deep and hypocritical Spain, that still remains depressed despite the achievements of our society.

Friday, December 09 2:45pm

Betty, 2015, Director by Kristiina Kello
United Kingdom, 8:44 Mins, Drama, LGBT, AFRICAN PREMIER

An elderly lady watches the world go by, sharing her life with plants and memories. One day, a newspaper advertisement catches her eye and invites her to explore her past.

Friday, December 09 2:54pm
Easy, 2015, Director by Robert Guthrie
United States 3:37 Mins, LGBT, AFRICAN PREMIER

Two high school guys are in love. One’s Christian, one’s Jewish. A father disapproves, the other’s parents are thrilled. Who cares that it’s not perfect? They got this.

Friday, December 09 3:10pm
Jordy in Transitland, 2015, Director by Willem Timmers
Germany, Netherlands 6:00 Mins, Drama, LGBT, coming of age, AFRICAN PREMIER

Jordy is on the brink of her physical transition. Especially now, wandering in the realm between man and woman, she feels that the dichotomy is more poignant than ever. Must she conform herself to fit in? And what is the price for doing so? A modern, raw fairy-tale as a poetic protest against today’s parochialism.

Friday, December 09 3:20pm
Inside Out, 2015, Director by Rebecca Nyahay
United States 8:54 Mins, Drama, AFRICAN PREMIER

Inside Out takes a look into the life of Lee, a single black woman living by her own rules and generally on her own turf. But when tragic events force Lee to come face to face with a truth she can’t hide, Lee must decide if she will confront her fears or run the risk of being stuck inside forever.

Presented by our Partner Transgender organization.

Friday, December 09 04:00pm
KUMU HINA, 2014, Director by Dean Hamer 
United States 77 Mins, Drama, AFRICAN PREMIER

KUMU HINA winner of the GLAAD Media Award for best LGBT documentary of 2015, is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values, told told through the lens of a Native Hawaiian teacher who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an admired kumu, or cultural practitioner.

Friday, December 09 @ 5:30pm
Gender Troubles: The Butches, 2016, Director by Lisa Plourde 
United States 54:02 Mins,Documentary, AFRICAN PREMIER

Butch lesbians examine and challenge society’s assumptions about what it means to be female and reveal how they have learned to cope and even thrive in a world that does not honour them.

Friday, December 09 06:40pm
Miss Major, 2015, Directors: Annalise Ophelian 
USA 01:30:44 Mins, LGBT, transgender, African American, women , AFRICAN PREMIER

MAJOR! follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Discussion on transgender issues from 8:20pm – 09:00pm.



Day Two Events

Day Two program. 1:30pm – 10:00pm

Saturday, December 10 @1:30pm
She is my Son, 2011, Filmed by Irene Nduta 
Uganda 5:12 Mins, Documentary

When a father realizes that his son is an intersex child, he seeks the guidance of his own father who advises him not to tamper with his child’s sexuality. 24 years latter his son wants to be a man without fully grown female breasts.

Discussion about challenges of intersex persons in Africa. (living someone’s reality)- 10mins

December 10 @ 1:47pm
The Orchid, 2016, Directed by Ferran Navarro-Beltrán
Spain 3:00 Mins, Comedy, Gay

Sometimes the biggest conversations are forced onto voicemail. A surprising father-son tale played across an answering machine.

December 10 @ 1:51pm
cane/cain, 2011, Director by Jordache A. Ellapen
South Africa 15:00 Mins, Drama

Set against the backdrop of the recent xenophobic attacks, we encounter two men from totally different worlds. Aben, an Indian South African who owns a take-away restaurant in the predominantly Muslim community of Fordsburg, and Tariq, a Pakistani immigrant who makes a living selling freshly grounded sugar-cane juice from a street corner. The sugar cane connects the two men – Aben haunted by his childhood memories in the sugar cane fields of Tongaat and Tariq, a recent migrant, representative of new hierarchies of labour (and class) in South Africa.

Saturday, December 10 @2:10pm
Makwan. A letter from Paradise, 2008, Directors: Dario Picciau, Roberto Malini
Italy 6:41 Mins, Web / New Media

“Makwan: a letter from Paradise” is a video-poem by Roberto Malini and Dario Picciau dedicated to 21-year-old Makwan Moloudzadeh who was hung in prison in December 2007 while the international campaign to save his life was collecting signatures and gaining momentum all over the world. Makwan died an innocent boy. He became a symbol, both in Iran and throughout the world, for all those who are committed to fighting the inhuman logic of the death penalty.

Saturday, December 10 @3:17pm
Gay Healers, 2014, Director by Oda Lambrecht 
Germany 30:00 Mins, Documentary, EAST AFRICAN PREMIER

The documentary “Gay Healers” reveals that there are doctors in Germany that consider homosexuality a disorder and therefore want to treat gays to become heterosexual.

Saturday, December 10: @ 3:50pm
The Second First Date, 2015, Director by Raquel Barrera
Spain 10:00 Mins, Romance, comedy, humor, LGTB, AFRICAN PREMIER

Laura, who ruins everything, tries to set up the remake of the terrible first date that had with Tina, her childhood crush.

Saturday, December 10: @ 4:20pm
Outed-The Painful Reality, 2015, Director by Kamoga Hassan 
Uganda 66 Mins, Feature Film

Based on a true story, the film looks into the life of John Alex Kigozi aka Vida who is outed by a Ugandan tabloid as one of the “top homosexuals” in the country. Following the outing, Vida’s life turns from bad to worse, losing his job, his house and so much more.

Saturday, December 10: @ 5:30pm
Music video Same Love – Remix (Kenya) dir:Art Attack, 5:41 mins

A Kenyan music video of an African-themed remix of American hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem “Same Love”: it became a song about LGBTIQ rights and struggles, gender equalities and civil liberties for all sexual orientations across Africa.

The Kenya Film Classification Board banned it in February 2016.

Followed with the discussion about Queer Filmmaking in East Africa and Censorship – till 6pm

Program for Venue two (Satellite screenings) 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Saturday, December 10 @6:30pm
Who I Am, 2016, Director: Monika Wilczynska
United Kingdom 17:26 Mins, Drama, LGBT, LGBTQIA, Religion, Narrative, Fiction, AFRICAN PREMIER

‘Who I Am’ aims to raise awareness of the struggles which are encountered not only by members of the Transgender Community, but by anyone who feels that they do not fit the norms established by our society.

Saturday, December 10 @ 7:20pm
Political Animals, 2016, Directors: Jonah Markowitz & Tracy Wares
USA 01:25:00 Mins, Documentary, AFRICAN PREMIER

The first openly gay legislators in California were in fact four women; Carole Migden, Christine Kehoe, Jackie Goldberg and Sheila Kuehl. These pioneers paved the way and made brave steps to insure lasting civil rights for their community. Yet their stories have not been told. This emotionally charged film follows these four ground breaking women who took it upon themselves to move from protesting in the streets during the 70’s and 80’s into the corridors of power in the 90’s to fight for the causes most personal to them and their community.

Saturday, December 10 @ 9:15pm
Hell or High Water. Directed by Asurf Oluseyi
Nigeria, 31 mins,Drama, 2016

Hell or High Water tells the story of a young pastor loved and adored by the people around him. Things change for him when he has to confront a hidden truth about himself—a truth that could make or break him psychologically.

But, whatever decision he makes, he is still going to crash and burn, for life as he once knew it would never be the same again. The story explores the reality of sexuality amidst spirituality, exorcism, blackmail, and family life. Hell or High Water challenges stereotypical narratives about sexuality and spirituality.



Day Three Events

Day Three program. 12:00pm – 08:00pm

Sunday, December 11 @ 12:00pm
Restless Love, 2016, Director by Vera Egito 
Brazil 94 Mins, Feature Film, AFRICAN PREMIER

A dramatic comedy feature film that tells the story of three friends who lives in the same building. Julia (Maria Laura Nogueira), Diego (singer Thiago Pethit , debuting in acting) and Micaela (Renata Gaspar) are young anti- heroes, surpassing loving and professional misadventures with humor and a lot of personality.

Sunday, December 11 @ 1:45pm
Parting, 2016, Director by Dimitris Toulias
United Kingdom 10:00 Mins, LGBT, AFRICAN PREMIER

After a lifetime together, time has stopped for an elderly couple as they prepare to say goodbye.

Sunday, December 11 @ 1:55pm
Raw Footage, 2016, Director by Antoine Allen
USA 10:00 Mins, Drama, AFRICAN PREMIER

Filmmaker Justin Gladwell is put to the test when his passion is called into question. With the world watching, how far will he go to capture your attention.

Sunday, December 11 @ 2:00pm
The Surf Report, 2016, Director: Courtney Fae Powell
USA 14:48 Mins, Drama, AFRICAN PREMIER

When a surfer disappears from Rockaway, a gritty New York City beach, his grieving lover searches for him across dimensions in a session with a mysterious tarot reader. What begins as a lark turns deadly serious as the film glides toward a tragic reunion.

Sunday, December 11 @ 2:20pm
A Place in the Middle, 2014, Director by Dean Hamer
United States 24 Mins, Animation, Documentary, AFRICAN PREMIER

Eleven year old Ho’onani dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. She’s fortunate that her teacher understands first-hand what it’s like to be ‘in the middle’ – the ancient Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is to be true to yourself.

Sunday, December 11 @ 3:00pm
The Actor and the Model, 2016, Director by Tomori Tsubasa
Japan 18:11 Mins, Drama, AFRICAN PREMIER

An American male model (Christopher McCombs) working in Tokyo meets a Japanese actor (Mitsuru Ono) at a photo shoot and the two fall in love. For six months they carry on in secret until one night a text message unravels their relationship and exposes a string of lies.

Sunday, December 11 @ 3:40pm
In the season of raw mangoes. Directed by Abaho Abamaani
Uganda, 62 mins,Drama, 2012

Sam is living in her past. In her early years, she meets Viola a girl of the neighborhood from a more affluent family and they give in to the strange attraction between them and a very secretive affair starts. They are unable to control it and it breaks out into the open with drastic consequences resonating even in later in their adult lives.

Sunday, December 11 @ 5:00pm
Muxe, 2016, Directors: Michael Satzinger
Germany 01:58:00 Mins, Feature , AFRICAN PREMIER

German original version with english graphics and subtitles
When Muxe, a Two Spirit Indio, is invited to Europe to attend an ethnological exhibition he falls head over heels in love with Gonzo, a member of a provincial rock band. The two men become entangled in a turbulent adventure involving Cloud People and an ancient clay vase that is reputed to contain a secret message. But before they can overcome the barriers that their different cultures present and confess their love to each other they have a mystery to solve. A secret that once revealed has the power to change life on Earth forever.

Sunday, December 11 @ 7:30pm
Reluctantly Queer, Directed & Produced by: Akosua Adoma Owusu
Nigeria, 8mins, 2016

This epistolary short film invites us into the unsettling life of a young Ghanaian man struggling to reconcile his love for his mother with his love for same-sex desire amid the increased tensions incited by same-sex politics in Ghana. 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.

Sunday, December 11 @ 8:00pm
The Pearl Of Africa, Directed by Jonny Vonwallstrom and Andre Von Wallstrom
Uganda, 75mins,Documentary, 2016

Enter the life of Cleopatra Kambugu, a 27 year old Ugandan Transgender Woman. She’s biologically born male, but against all odds transitioning into the woman she knows she was born to be.

In the film we get to follow her as she questions gender expression and identity, reshape attitudes and uncover the realities of a people whose existence has been shrouded in myth and prejudice.

Closing ceremony 5:30pm – 8pm.