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Documentaries look at life for gay Africans

Three new documentaries focusing on the plight of gay people in Africa have been making an impact on the festival circuit. Tom Brook takes a look.

God Loves Uganda explores the role that conservative American evangelicals may have had in stirring up anti-gay sentiment in Uganda.

Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall’s film Call Me Kuchu focuses in part on David Kato – described as the first openly gay man in Uganda – who was bludgeoned to death in 2011.

And Born This Way looks at the challenges confronting gay people in Cameroon. The faces of some of the participants have been obscured in promotional clips because they could suffer if it was known they were gay.

Tom Brook speaks with filmmakers and activists about whether these films can alter perceptions and affect real change.

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