What is the Global Film Series?

The Free & Equal Global Film Series is a collection of documentaries and narrative films that explore the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in different parts of the world. Films included in the series are available to UN offices for non-commercial screenings and educational purposes.

The Global Film Series is part of the United Nations’ global Free & Equal campaign, dedicated to raising awareness of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and violence. It is an initiative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative, with support from Film Independent.

 

How to organize a screening

Any UN office can hold up to two screenings per country. The film makers of films included in the series have agreed to waive any booking fees and other charges that might normally apply. Screenings may be either open to the public or to an invited audience, and admission must be free of charge. 

UN offices are encouraged to consider organizing panel discussions or other events linked to screenings as a way to engage local communities in discussion of the themes highlighted on screen. Collaboration with civil society organization, local government and other stakeholders is also encouraged. Activists may approach a local UN office if they are interested in co-organizing an event and screening.

A Free & Equal Global Film Series poster can be downloaded here in order to publicize screenings (space is provided for adding the film title(s) date(s), venue and other relevant details).

UN offices that are interested in screening any of the films are invited to send a request with “Request to Free & Equal Global Film Series” as email subject to rodriguezh@un.org, specifying the film title, purpose, possible partners and planned date of the screening.

List of films

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Film title

KUMU HINA

Director

Dean Hamer,  Joe Wilson

Webpage/link

 http://kumuhina.com/

Year

2014

Type of film

Documentary

Synopsis

“Kumu Hina”is the powerful story of Hina, a Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman, and an honoured and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader. When Hoʻonani, a charismatic 6th grade girl, asks to join the school’s all-male hula troupe, Hina gives her the opportunity to express her inner male spirit. As teacher and student prepare for a climactic end-of-year performance, they meet many obstacles, but hold fast to the idea that being true to oneself matters most.


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Film title

A Place in the Middle

Director

Dean Hamer,  Joe Wilson

Webpage/link

 http://aplaceinthemiddle.org/

Year

2015

Type of film

Documentary

Synopsis

A Place in the Middle (25 mins) is a true story of eleven year old Ho'onani, who dreams of leading the hula troupe at her inner-city Honolulu school. The only trouble is that the group is just for boys. Fortunately, her teacher understands first-hand what it's like to be “in the middle” - the Hawaiian tradition of embracing both male and female spirit. Together they set out to prove that what matters most is what's in your heart.

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Film title

CALL ME KUCHU

Director

Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Katherine Fairfax Wright

Webpage/link

http://callmekuchu.com/

Year

2012

Type of film

Documentary

Synopsis

“Call Me Kuchu” explores the struggles of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Uganda during a time of increasing homophobia and as a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato – Uganda’s first openly gay man – and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world. The film is accompanied by a dicussion guide for activists.

Length

87 min

Original language

English

Available subtitles

English, French, Spanish

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Film title

OUT IN THE NIGHT

Director

blair dorosh-walther

Webpage/link

http://www.outinthenight.com

Year

2014

Type of film

Documentary

Synopsis

In New York City's West Village in 2006, four young lesbian and gender non-conforming African-American women were brutally assaulted by a stranger whose unwanted sexual advances they had just spurned. In defending themselves, they also unwittingly left themselves vulnerable to draconian prison sentences that wrested them from their supportive New Jersey families. Film maker dorosh-walther returns to the scene of their alleged crime, using security footage to condemn the deplorable conduct of reporters and police officers. With a deep compassion for its subjects tempering its outrage over the indignities they've suffered, the film poses a troubling question: How would have this have unfolded had it been four straight white women instead?

Length

74 min

Original language

English

Available subtitles

No available subtitles to date

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Film title

INTERSEXION

Director

Grant Lahood

Webpage/link

www.intersexionfilm.com

Year

2012

Type of film

Documentary

Synopsis

When a baby is born, the first question we ask: Is it a boy or a girl? What if it's neither? Being intersex may be as common as having red hair, but taboo and stigma keep many intersex people in the closet. Invasive “normalizing” surgeries are performed on intersex children across the world to make their genitals fit the male/female norm.

“Intersexion” sets out to de-mystify intersex, looking beyond the shame and secrecy that defines many intersex births. Interviewing intersex people in America, Ireland, Germany, South Africa and Australia, the film explores how they navigate their way through childhood, adolescence, relationships and adulthood, when they don’t fit the binary model of a solely male and female world.

Length

68 min

Original language

English

Available subtitles

French

 


Film title

THE WELCOME

Producer

United Nations Human Rights Office/Celina Jaitly

Webpage/link

https://www.unfe.org/en/actions/the-welcome

Year

2014

Type of film

Music video

Synopsis

“The Welcome” is a short Bollywood-style music video that tells the story of a young man who brings his boyfriend home to meet his family.  Bollywood actress and United Nations Equality Champion Celina Jaitly leads a diverse cast of Bollywood actors, many of whom devoted their time to the project pro bono. Dance sequences were choreographed by award-winning choreographer Longie (Slumdog Millionaire). The soundtrack is a re-recorded version of the 1979 Bollywood classic “Uthe Sab Ke Kadam”, featuring Celina Jaitly and Neeraj Shridhar (Bombay Vikings) on vocals. Within eight days of its release, “The Welcome” had become the most widely-watched UN human rights video ever produced.

Length

2 min 43 sec

Original language

English

Available subtitles

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Romanian

 

 

 

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