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GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender People) Documentary Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Other Countries

Other Countries

Born This Way: Gay and Lesbian in Cameroon
"There are more arrests for homosexuality in Cameroon than any other country in the world. With intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, Born This Way steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa. Lyrical imagery, devastating homophobia, the influence of western culture and a hidden-camera courtroom drama mysteriously coalesce into a story of what is possible in the global fight for equality."

Call Me Kuchu
"In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda's first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia. But one year into filming and just three weeks after a landmark legal victory, David is brutally murdered. This depicts the last year in the life of a courageous man whose wisdom, achievements and memory has inspired a new generation of human rights advocates."

Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda
"As most of the world moves forward toward gay equality, Russia is seemingly heading backward. In 2013, the Russian parliament passed a ban on so-called 'gay propaganda' that effectively makes nearly any public discussion of gay equality a crime. Violent attacks against Russian gays or suspected gays are more and more common. Videos of young LGBT people being taunted and tortured have been widely distributed on the internet."

Coming Out Polish Style
"offers a rare look into the LGBT community in contemporary Poland and explores gay and lesbian rights in a conservative society as it undergoes a dynamic transformation toward more liberal attitudes. The film profiles openly gay celebrities as well as small-town youth still in the process of coming out" -- Container

Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World
"[This film] is the first documentary to deeply explore the lives of gay and lesbian people in non-western cultures. Traveling to five different continents, we hear the heartbreaking and triumphant stories of gays and lesbians from Egypt, Honduras, Kenya, Thailand and elsewhere, where most occurrences of oppression receive no media coverage at all."

God Loves Uganda
"Roger Ross Williams explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fueling Uganda's terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality. Thanks to charismatic religious leaders and a well-financed campaign, these draconian new laws and the politicians that peddle them are winning over the Ugandan public. But these dangerous policies and the money that fuels them are coming from American's largest megachurches."

Inside the Chinese Closet
"The intricate tale of Andy and Cherry looking for love and happiness in Shanghai. They are homosexual but their families demand a (heterosexual) marriage and a baby from them. Because being single and childless would mean an unacceptable loss of face for their rural families in the remote countryside where they live. Will Andy and Cherry deny their happiness and sexual orientation to satisfy their parents' wishes?..."

Of Love & Law
"Fumi and Kazu are life partners, both professionally and privately: they run the first and only law firm in Japan set up by an openly gay couple. The lawyers know all too well the realities of being a minority in a conformist society, where the collective unity is absolute and often maintained at the expense of individual rights and freedom. Not being part of the majority could lead to prosecution by law and alienation by society at large - illustrated by the cases that the two lawyers take on...."

Oriented
"Oriented follows the lives of three gay Palestinian friends confronting their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv."

Pink Triangle and the Nazi Cure for Homosexuality
"In December of 1943, the Danish doctor Carl Peter Vaernet was unable to get funding for his work in Denmark, and in another of the Nazis' barbaric programs, began experimenting on homosexual prisoners held at Buchenwald concentration camp under Heinrich Himmler. Vaernet subjected prisoners, both homosexual and heterosexual, to injections of hormones and other substances as well as castration in search of a cure for homosexuality. Before the Allies reached Buchenwald, Vaernet (whose 'cures' paralleled the British authorities' treatments for homosexuals, including Alan Turing) escaped to Argentina. continuing his practice within the country's National Ministry of Health where his clinic treated homosexual 'patients.' Young people, dragged by their parents to Dr. Vaernet, were given the same hormone techniques that he used on prisoners. Pink Triangle is an important examination of Vaernet's life and works, beginning in the concentration camps of World War II and continuing in Argentina, with devastating consequences and certain parallels to today."

Queer China, Comrade China
"Interviews with over 30 prominent figures in China's LGBT community who have experienced changes in attitudes and lifestyles in China over the past 30 years. The main focuses and themes of the documentary: Academic publication: from translation to sociological research and to grassroots scholarly works; Sexology: from the 'asexual era ' to 'liberated sex, ' to the 'one-child era'; Laws and regulations: moving from illegal to legal statuses, and towards appealing for further freedoms; Gender politics: from "unnameble, " to 'invisible, ' to 'coming out' ; Economy: from unified supply to 'Pink Economy'; Mental health: from the 'perver'" to depathologization; Culture and media: from absence of attention to becoming a hot topic; Literature and art: from the underground to the press and to the podcasts; Community life: from hidden from light to facing the public."

Queer Nation
"Argentina may lead South America in terms of progressive social politics, but the gap between cultural values and recently accorded rights to gays, lesbians, and transsexuals is palpable and persistent. A toxic atmosphere is created from the all-encompassing Catholicism and machismo along with the complexity of class, historical, and rural-urban divides, as well as aboriginal-settler tensions."

Sex and the Sandinistas
"Explores gay and lesbian life in the traditional machismo culture of Nicaragua, and the impact of the Sandinista revolution upon that life style."

A Sinner in Mecca
"For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to assume as he embarked on his Haji pilgrimage, a journey considered the greatest accomplishment and aspiration within Islam, his religion."

Victory Day
"The Russian Victory Day Parade held on May 9 is a harsh symbol. On a day, that should be all about celebrating peace and freedom, it seems that the land of tightening laws wants to run over its minorities with tanks. On TV, people discuss burning or burying the hearts of gay people. This short documentary by Alyna Rudnitskaya steps into the living rooms of gay couples and shows them in the gentle light of their everyday life. The stories these couples tell give the film a threatening tone; the gay propaganda law, passed in 2013, has developed into absurd policies. Teachers and superiors are being fired for breaking the law, and being allowed to visit your partner in the hospital is not for granted."