Gay Champions

Gay Champions


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Monday, November 25, 2013 - 18:10
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Nicolaas Veul, Tim den Besten / Netherlands / 2012 / 48 min.

Two young Dutch journalists head to Kiev with a camera for Ukraine’s first gay pride parade. From the parade organisers, they learn about the homophobia that reigns in the country. The vast majority of Ukrainians consider homosexuality to be an illness, and gays and lesbians have to keep their private life hidden. In front of the shocked journalists, this aversion to gays and lesbians is also underlined by a representative of the church. Recently, increasing emphasis has also been placed on traditional values and on the notion that homosexuality is Western propaganda, which should be banned. Restrictive legislation is even being prepared for this purpose. That’s precisely why Ukrainian gay pride activists are organising the event just before the European Football Championship, being held in Ukraine in 2012. They want to stand up for their rights whilst also protecting themselves from neo-Nazi and other attacks thanks to the huge media coverage focusing on Ukraine because of football. They believe social apathy can only by reduced by appearing in public. The light, good-humoured mood of the film becomes more serious as the date of the parade looms. Nervousness and fears of violent reactions grow among the organisers. At the last minute, it is not certain if the gay pride parade will even take place.

 



Thematic Category: Don't be afraid of difference

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