First Tunisian ‘queer film festival’ celebrates the LGBTQ community

Gay rights activists have emerged from the shadows since the revolution in 2011, but their position remains precarious.

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The first-ever film festival celebrating the LGBTQ community is underway in Tunisia, a Muslim country where homosexuals can face up to three years in prison.

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The four-day event is organised by Mawjoudin, Arabic for “We Exist”, a Tunisian non-governmental association which defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Twelve short- and medium-length films produced in Tunisia and across the Middle East and North Africa are being shown at the “Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival” that opened Monday.

Photo by Benson Kua [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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