A Little Respect for Human Rights

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 in News
A Little Respect for Human Rights

Growing up in Sweden, in a small town called Sandviken, which ironically also was called “bögviken”, which in English translates into “gayviken”. Known for having a lot of these homosexuals. One could sense a similar rhetoric then, as the one we’re seeing in today’s Uganda. With a raging HIV epidemic threatening the swedes, we turned […]

No Anti-Homosexuality Act Before Christmas

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 in News
No Anti-Homosexuality Act Before Christmas

It’s soon Christmas and we’ve now released two episodes of The Pearl Of Africa. The response has been amazing. I couldn’t imagine this happening so fast. Thousands of shares and the likes by people who are raising their voice for a better LGBTIQ community. On Monday we’ll share the third episode with you. It feels […]

The Goal is to Actually Change Something

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in News
The Goal is to Actually Change Something

Around the world, transgender people are discriminated, harassed and killed because of showing their sexual identity. Our goal with this documentary is to actually change something. We want to bring up the voice of a black transgender woman. Showing what her life is like and what her dreams are. A personal story of how hatred has […]

I Feel Like a Story is Missing

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in News
I Feel Like a Story is Missing

When I read about the Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill for the first time I was stunned by the issues gay people were facing there. The fact that people were discriminated, harassed and killed because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. I really hope that Cleo’s story can help raise awareness of these problems. A new […]

Have You Watched The Trailer?

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 in News
Have You Watched The Trailer?

It has now been 4 days since we release the trailer. We have so far received good response from the people we talked to, which is great! You can watch it here if you haven´t seen it. The time really passes and we are soon releasing the first episode of The Pearl Of Africa. Why […]

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 in News
Transgender Day of Remembrance

It is the transgender day of Remembrance, a special day for many people around the world. A day to remember those who have been killed as a result of transphobia. I read an article just a few minutes ago, it was written by The Advocate saying that a person is killed every 2 days for […]

Visiting the Swedish Forum for Human Rights

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 in News
Visiting the Swedish Forum for Human Rights

Last weekend we drove up to Umeå, a city in north of Sweden. We were going to host a seminar at MR-dagarna, Scandinavia´s largest human rights venue. It was an 8 hour drive from our office. We went on Thursday and was going to host a seminar on Friday, showing a preview of the upcoming […]

Interview with The Pearl of Africa Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 in Behind The Scenes
Interview with The Pearl of Africa Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström

This is the first in a series of interviews with people from the International LGBTI and Transgender communities, from Uganda to the United States, from activists, authors and others concerned about the civil and human rights, the politics, the everyday lives, the stories of LGBTI people around the world. Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, who produced […]

Interview with The Pearl of Africa Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, Part V – Conclusion

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 in Behind The Scenes
Interview with The Pearl of Africa Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, Part V – Conclusion

Q: Since President Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, does this affect your plans at all? Jonny: It makes it much more dangerous to make this film. Both for Cleo and me. But it does give me an even stronger reason to make the film. It will definitely affect the story, but since the future hasn’t […]

Interview with Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, Part IV

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Behind The Scenes
Interview with Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, Part IV

Q: Your movie Zero Silence was called visionary because it foresaw the importance of and the potential for major political change generated through social media in the Middle East. With The Pearl of Africa you are once again thinking outside the box by fundraising for Cleo’s gender confirmation surgery, then following and filming her through […]