THE PEARL OF AFRICA (work in Progress I private preview)

Friday, 4. November 21.00
Jonny von Wallström
Uganda/Sweden 2016  DVD I OmE I  80 min
Afterwards talk with Cleopatra Kambugu (Hauptprotagonistin)


In 2014, the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper published the personal information of 200 LGBT people in Uganda. Cleopatra Kambugu’s name appeared on that list. This tender film tells the story of Cleo’s subsequent decision to leave Uganda with her husband, Nelson Kasaija, to undergo gender-reassignment surgery in Thailand. Rather than methodically elaborate the context of Cleo’s decision, or the basis of Uganda’s virulent anti-LGBT politics, Swedish director von Wallström quietly observes the couple as they head off, by rail and air, to a new life. His camera records the obvious intimacy that bonds Cleo and Nelson, revelling both in Cleo’s loquaciousness and Nelson’s steadfast, if largely silent presence. This is a quiet and expansive portrait of two remarkable people.

Afterwards talk with Cleopatra Kambugu, main protagonist of the movie and political activist.


JONNY VON WALLSTRÖM, born 1982, is a Swedish photographer and director. He studied in several subjects, but sees himself as an autodidactic artist. His film Zero Silence was in the selection of the Sheffield Doc / Fest festival in 2011.

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