Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

African Pride

A new documentary from Laura Fletcher examines homophobia – and the defiant response to it – in South African townships.

Tue, Jul 23, 2013, 11:04

Laura Fletcher got on to me recently about a documentary she’s making called African Pride. In her own words, “I’ve spent the last two years working on a documentary called African Pride, which tells the stories of lesbian women and gay men in South Africa who are meeting homophobic violence with visibility in the form of township prides and protests. I lived and worked in SA for a year, and the coverage of homophobic violence had become really sensationalist to the extent that it was re-victimising survivors. I was working for a media and human rights organisation at the time, and when I finished up I wanted to do, or at least attempt to do an ethical take on what was happening… and this is a glimpse at what I’ve been working on.”
For post-production costs, Fletcher recently raised €5,000 on Indiegogo, so hopefully we’ll be able to see the full film shortly.