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 […]

Interview with Pearl of Africa Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, Part III

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Behind The Scenes
Interview with Pearl of Africa Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, Part III

Today we continue with Part III of our interview with Swedish filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, who is currently making a feature length movie about a Ugandan transgender woman as part of a broader LGBTI education and activism effort in the wake of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Q: So Jonny, how did you come to be concerned […]

The Pearl of Africa Interview with Jonny von Wallström Part II

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 in Behind The Scenes
The Pearl of Africa Interview with Jonny von Wallström Part II

In Part II of our interview with filmmaker Jonny von Wallström, he talks about earning the trust of Ugandan transgender woman Cleo K., the subject of his newest film, The Pearl of Africa.  Q: How did you connect with Cleo? Jonny:  While I was researching doing a project focused on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Kampala, […]

The Pearl of Africa Interview Series, Part I: Interview with the Filmmaker

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Behind The Scenes
The Pearl of Africa Interview Series, Part I: Interview with the Filmmaker

Today begins a series of interviews with people from the International LGBTI and Transgender communities, from Uganda to the United States, from activists, authors and other individuals concerned  about the civil and human rights, the politics and everyday lifestyles of LGBTI people around the world. Filmmaker Jonny von Wallström who produced the movie Zero Silence, […]