Today the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival begins in London. The festival takes place over the next ten days and features films addressing human rights issues across the world. One of the films featured this year is The Parade (Parada), a Serbian film by director Srđan Dragojević. The film centres around the fight to hold a gay pride parade in Belgrade, a city which banned Pride Week again in October 2012, raising concerns about the tolerance of the Serbian government. Human Rights Watch has also observed many acts of violence against gay people in Serbia.
The Parade documents the characters’ struggle to put on a gay pride parade, but also features a journey across the Balkans to recruit gay pride supporters from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. During this trip, ‘it becomes clear to all that so-called enemies are often your greatest allies.’
For tickets visit the Human Rights Watch Film Festival website.
Hajde London’s review of The Parade will be on the website next week.
Photos courtesy of Human Rights Watch.