CIFF Docs PEARL OF AFRICA web 2
Documentary

The Pearl Of Africa

Year 2016
Runtime 76 mins
Language English

THE PEARL OF AFRICA documents the intimate story of a couple, forced to flee and leave behind their family and friends, as they struggle for the right to be accepted in a country that believes them to be wrong.

Following Ugandan couple Cleopatra and Nelson, this Hot Docs 2016 Official Selection tells the story of the couple’s love against horrific prejudice, homophobia and injustice. As 28-year-old Cleo – who was born a man –  attempts to live the life she was meant to, the emergence of a bill supporting the life imprisonment of homosexuals and transgendered people in Uganda forces the couple to flee the country they call home. Risking personal attacks, prison, abuse and discrimination across all facets of life, the two fight for the most basic right of all: simply to be considered people.

The debut feature film from director Jonny von Wallström (ZERO SILENCE), THE PEARL OF AFRICA tells the story of a young couple’s fierce love against incredible odds.

Countries

Sweden
Director
Jonny Von Wallström
Producer
Jonny Von Wallström, André Wallström
Cinematographer
Jonny Von Wallström
Editor
Tom Ernst, Jonny Von Wallström
Music
Rebekka Karijord, Jonny Von Wallström
Cast
Cleopatra Kambugu, Nelson Kasaija
Sound
Jonny Von Wallström