Born This Way is a documentary portrait of a gay and lesbian community in Cameroon. The film follows Cedric and Gertrude as they grapple with homophobia, religion and the complexities of traditional Cameroonian culture—and as they prepare to come out to their mothers. At the same time, their activism becomes bolder and stronger as they work to help defend two young women on trial for charges of homosexuality.
Screening dates, times, locations:
CineStar 7, Potsdamer Straße 4, 10785 Berlin
Cubix 7, Rathausstraße 1, 10178 Berlin
The film follows Cedric and Gertrude, two young Cameroonians, as they move between a secret, supportive LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and an outside culture that is in transition toward greater acceptance of homosexuality.
The two protagonists are only out to their closest friends, but they both dream of sharing the truth about who they really are with their families. Cedric wants to come out to his mom, and Gertrude wants to come out to the mother superior who raised her in a Catholic convent.
They work at a non-profit organization that officially operates as an HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention center, but also functions as an LGBT community center. It is one place in Cameroon where LGBT people can come together as their full selves, free of fear of going to jail, of being attacked, or of being rejected by family and friends.