United Nations Launches Global Film Series to Fight Homophobia, Transphobia

New York (27 July, 2015): In support of the United Nations Free & Equal Campaign, the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United
Nations Department of Public Information are launching a Global Film Series– a diverse
collection of documentary films by celebrated filmmakers that explore the lives of lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in different parts of the world.

Participating films will be available free-of-charge to UN offices around the world for public
screenings as a way to stimulate and inform public discussion and raise awareness of
homophobic and transphobic discrimination and violence. The films were curated with the
support of Los Angeles-based Film Independent.

Films Available:

“CALL ME KUCHU” explores the struggles of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) community in Uganda during a time of increasing homophobia and as a new bill
threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death.
“OUT IN THE NIGHT” tells a story of four young lesbian and gender non-conforming
African-American women in New York City’s West Village in 2006 who were brutally
assaulted by a stranger. In defending themselves, they also unwittingly left themselves
vulnerable to draconian prison sentences that wrested them from their supportive New
Jersey families.
“INTERSEXION” sets out to de-mystify intersex, looking beyond the shame and secrecy
that defines many intersex births. With interviews of intersex people in America, Ireland,
Germany, South Africa and Australia, the film explores how these individuals navigate
their way through childhood, adolescence, relationships and adulthood, when they don’t
fit the binary model of a solely male and female world.
“QUEBRANTO” tells the story of 70 year old Mexican actress Doña Lilia Ortega and her
daughter who started her career as a male child actor. The documentary explores how
they both overcome the prejudices of a society angry at them for choosing happiness
above all things.
“THE WELCOME” is a short Bollywood music video produced for the UN Free & Equal
Campaign telling the story of a young man who brings his boyfriend home to meet his
family in a traditional Indian setting in which the family is first shocked but then
celebrates the relationship between the two men.

Maher Nasser, Director, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information
“Filmmakers are important partners for the United Nations as we seek to reach ever broader
audiences with stories that touch hearts and spur constructive dialogue to promote human
rights, peace and development for all. This Global Film Series is an innovative step forward
in building new partnerships with the creative community. ”

Charles Radcliffe, UN Free & Equal Campaign Director
“As a medium, film can open people’s hearts and minds, helping them to see the world
through the eyes of others. We hope these films will do that – and in the process help people
to better understand the everyday realties faced by LGBT and intersex people around the
world.”

Josh Welsh, President, Film Independent
“Film Independent is proud to support the Free and Equal campaign. Filmmakers have the
rare gift of humanizing the marginalized and disenfranchised for mainstream audiences, and
with that the ability to change attitudes and improve lives.”

For more information about the films: https://www.unfe.org/en/global-film-series
Twitter: @Free_Equal #FreeandEqual
Facebook: facebook.com/free.equal

Contacts:
Mr. Jeffrey Brez, Chief NGO Relations, Advocacy and Special Events Section, Department of
Public Information, United Nations, tel: 212-963-8070; e-mail: brez@un.org

Mr. Charles Radcliffe, UN Free & Equal campaign director & OHCHR Chief of Global Issues,
United Nations: radcliffe@un.org

Ms. Alia Quart Khan, Director of Publicity Film Independent, tel: 310.432.1287; e-mail:
aqkhan@filmindependent.org

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