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.
NZ's own documentary film 'intersexion' is part of the resource kit
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 b
“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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying the film title, purpose, possible partners and planned date of the screening.