Born This Way


Dir: Shaun Kadlec & Deb Tullmann, USA, 2012, 85 mins (some French with English subtitles)

More people are imprisoned each year for homosexuality in Cameroon than in any other country. Homosexuality is viewed as a contagious Western import, a form of demon possession. Here, activists Cédric and Gertrude dream of coming out to their families. When two young women in a remote village are arrested for ‘lesbianism and witchcraft’, brilliant human rights lawyer Alice Nkom steps in to defend them. Cédric and Gertrude’s activism becomes bolder as they work with Alice to help the women. Lyrical and sobering – a vivid portrait of life in modern Africa.

Winner – Best Documentary, Los Angeles OutFest G&L FF 2013