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September 1, 2021
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Being a Trans Woman in Uganda: Watch ‘The Pearl of Africa’

‘The Pearl of Africa’ is a documentary directed by Jonny von Wallström that tells the compelling story of Cleopatra Kambugu, a trans woman from Uganda.

As the anti-gay law passes in Uganda, Cleopatra is cruelly outed on the cover of a tabloid and has to flee her home country. However, the film mostly focuses on the relationship between Cleopatra and her long-time partner, Nelson: a romance that will make you believe in true love. Shots of the beautiful scenery and intimate close-ups create an almost poetic vibe.

Available as a web series on Youtube or on Netflix, the documentary is a rare example of African LGBTQIA+ filmmaking. Definitely worth a watch!

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