6 movies you should watch this Pride Month, and forever

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Nakhane Touré as Xolani on Inxeba: The Wound.
Nakhane Touré as Xolani on Inxeba: The Wound.
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It’s Pride Month and although we’re still under lockdown, it doesn’t mean celebrating it should stop. There are many ways you can can educate yoursled about the LGBTQIA+ community and movies just happen to be one of them.

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Here are 6 movies and series we love, which you will love too, that were made to represent and educate.

 

1.       Inxeba (2017)

Probably the most-spoken-about film in 2017, Inxeba: The Wound is a must-see drama that tackles sexuality, tradition and imposter syndrome, to name a few. In an interview, director John Trengove said, “I think it’s high time that films from Africa put queer images on screen. As basic as that sounds, it’s not really something that is part of the vocabulary of African cinema.”

The film is based on the Xhosa tradition known as Ulwaluko and touches on a forbidden love between factory worker Xolani (played by Nakhane Touré) and caregiver Vija (Bongile Mantsai). Xolani’s world spirals once an initiate, Kwanda (Niza Jay Ncoyini), realises the nature of their relationship and tensions rise between the three men.

Watch the full trailer below:

 

 

2.       Rafiki (2018)

Rafiki means “friend” in Swahili, but the movie is banned in the same country that it was shot in, Kenya. The film follows two teenage girls, Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), who are struggling to come to terms with the feelings they have for each other based on the laws in their country and what society will say.

In an interview, director Wanuri Kahiu spoke about how she wanted to show the image of young people in love. “I remember the last time I saw a young African couple in love being years ago in the cinema. My parents asked me why I thought this story was important and I told them everybody has the right to love, period. It is the most basic human right,” she said.

Watch the full trailer below:

 

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3.       Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020)

Initially set for relase in January, this Netflix original documentary is led by trans creatives and thinkers who analyse and put into perspective the impact Hollywood has had on the trans community. “I never thought I would live in a world where trans people would be celebrated on or off the screen,” says actress Laverne Cox, who has been a prominent advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Disclosure is being released during a time where LGBTQIA+ workers across all professions are being protected. “In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court [in America] said federal law, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, should be understood to include sexual orientation and gender identity”,” wrote the BBC .

The documentary is set to be released on 19 June.

Watch the full trailer here.

4.       Pride (2014)

Pride might come across as too “upbeat” in comparison to most stories about LGBTQIA+ rights. Set in 1984, the film follows a group of gay men who are trying to help a mining community that has left 20 000 miners unemployed.

The movie is based on a true inspirational story that occurred in Great Britain. Miners went on a year-long strike, which caught the attention of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners founders Mike Jackson and Mark Ashton four months into it. The alliance between the two groups had a huge impact on the trade union movement which was in favour of equality for lesbians and gay men.

Watch the full trailer below:

 

 

5.       Moonlight (2016)

From the picturesque cinematography to portraying the realities of many people who struggle with their identities, Moonlight takes you through a three-part journey of a man who comes to terms with his sexuality. The main character is played by three actors who each represent the different stages of his youth, adolescent and early adulthood life.

The film is also well-known for the Oscars mix-up where their well-deserved award for best picture was awarded to the cast of La La Land.

Moonlight is based on an unpublished semi-autobiographical play, In Moonlight, Black Boys Look Blue, which was written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. “When it comes to a piece about self-discovery, it’s very difficult to leave yourself out. I think we should think of all people as human beings who do both good and bad,” he said, speaking about the character Juan (played by Mahershala Ali) who is both a drug dealer and a mentor.

 

Watch the full trailer below:

 

 

6.       Pose (2018)

This television series is for all the lovers of ballroom dancing who would also like to know more about the LGBTQ and non-gender-conforming African-American and Latino cultural aspect of it during the 1980s. Pose is said to have made TV history by casting five regular roles to transgender actors.

“I think we just want to tell stories that aren’t always specifically about our experience as trans people. We want to tell stories that really investigate what it is to be a human being and have those human experiences with love and with family. Pose is different in that it investigates it through the gaze of our experiences”, said Indya Moore in an interview about cis actors portraying trans characters. They play Angel Evangelista.

The critically acclaimed series has been renewed for a third season but the release date has not yet been confirmed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the full trailer below:

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