Human Rights Arts & Film Festival 2017

The Pearl of Africa

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“The Pearl of Africa is one of the most moving documentaries of the year.”

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An internationally acclaimed story about love, discrimination and being transgender in Uganda, The Pearl of Africa tells the radical story of a 28-year-old transgender Ugandan woman, Cleopatra Kambugu, and her quiet but fiercely loyal partner, Nelson.

After being outed on the front page of the biggest tabloid in Kampala not long after the country passed anti-homosexuality laws, Cleo and Nelson journey to Kenya and then Thailand so Cleo can undergo gender confirmation surgery, which she hopes may be a final step in her journey towards being married in her home country.

A wistful and universal love story, told in the face of exceptional circumstances, this documentary reveals the inexpressible facets of the human heart.