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Queer Film Festival To Open In Uganda

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The festival will take place December 9-11 in Kampala.

Though notorious for its anti-gay laws passed in recent years, Uganda will have its first queer film festival premiere in the capital city of Kampala this December. Organized by a group of young activists and film professional, the Queer Kampala International Film Festival (QKIFF) will take place over three days and host "film premieres, artist talks, panel discussions and parties that focus squarely on queer-themed films and videos from Uganda and around the world."

"It is a well known fact that Uganda is one of the worst places for queer people," QKIFF's website reads. "Our primary goal is to increase awareness and tolerance of sexual identity issues through increased public exposure using films. We would like to spread correct information on sexual identity to the public and promote the dignity of LGBTs."

The group organizing the festival is also responsible for the documentary Outed:The Painful Reality, about the dangers of homophobic media, which won an award at the Qflix Film Festival in Philadelphia. The festival's director, Kamoga Hassan, is also famous for his documentary about queer Ugandan asylum speakers called Where Is Home?.

Those seeking to enter the festival should meet the early, regular, or late deadlines on July 31,

You can support the festival here.

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