Pride & Progress - Film festival and symposium


Friday, October 25, 2019 (All day)




Please attend any session or the full day


The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies - Central America and the Caribbean Program, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Center for African Studies, Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World at Harvard Law School, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Cambridge Human Rights Commission, Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission, HKS Women Network, and Harvardwood welcomes you to Pride & Progress: Film Festival and Symposium.


Pride & Progress: Film Festival and Symposium brings together diverse human rights filmmakers and activists who are leading the cultural fight against laws that criminalize and discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the former British colonies. These ancient vestiges of imperialism are used to police and punish LGBTQ+ peoples, identities, and relationships in 37 of the 53 Commonwealth countries, leading to persistent prejudice from both the government and broader public that prevent queer people from enjoying basic freedoms, equal rights, and human dignity.


The principal aims of this film festival and symposium are to highlight the brave cultural work being done through film and to motivate audiences to stand up against these unjust laws and take action to change them. We also recognize that some countries have recently taken strides to overturn these oppressive and outdated laws, and Pride & Progress will highlight this promising work as well. Join us!

8:45 - 9:15 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:10 - 9:30 am: Opening of Pride & Progress: Film Festival & Symposium (Rubenstein 414AB)
Opening: Nancy B. Schlacter, Executive Director, Cambridge Human Rights Commission

Introduction: Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Yasmin Padamsee Forbes, Co-Curators, Pride & Progress


SESSION #1 (Concurrent Screenings)


9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Best Practice from Africa (Rubenstein 414AB)

Documentary: Call Me Kuchu (1 hr 30 mins)

Moderator: Timothy Patrick McCarthy


Qwin Mbabazi – Community Engagement Coordinator, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders

John Abdallah Wambere – Ugandan activist featured in Call Me Kuchu

Katherine Fairfax Wright – Director/Cinematographer/Editor, Call Me Kuchu

Audience Q&A


9:30 am – 12:00 pm: Best Practice from the Caribbean (Wexner 434AB)

Documentary: The Abominable Crime (1 hr 6 mins)

Moderator: Ming Li (Ari) Wu


Micah Fink – Director/Producer, The Abominable Crime

Maurice Tomlinson – Lawyer, gay rights activist, and educator

Audience Q&A


12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch


12:15 – 12:55 pm: Forging New Paths: Telling LGBTQ Stories on TV (Rubenstein 414AB) 
Dr. Neal Baer – Lecturer, Doctor, and Executive Producer, Designated Survivor, ER, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Audience Q&A


SESSION #2 (Concurrent Screenings)


1:00 – 2:50 pm: Best Practice from Middle East and North Africa (Rubenstein 414AB)
Documentary: A Jihad for Love (1 hr 20 mins)

Moderator: Eric Mawira Gitari


Sa’ed Atshan – Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College

Parvez Sharma – Director, A Jihad for Love

Audience Q&A


1:00 – 2:50 pm: Best Practice from Asia (Wexner 434AB)

Documentary: A simple love story (20 mins) (Myanmar)

Documentary: I am (1 hr 15 mins) (India)

Moderator: Yasmin Padamsee Forbes


Hnin Pa Pa Soe – Director, A simple love story

Sonali Gulati – Director, I am

Esther Htusan – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Nieman Fellow

Audience Q&A


2:50 - 3:00 pm: Coffee Break


3:00 - 5:00 pm: Legislating Change: Decriminalization Movements Across the World (Rubenstein 414AB)

Documentary: Out & Around (60 mins)

Moderator: Erica Chenoweth, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School


Lisa Dazols – Director, Out & Around

Yee Htun – Lecturer, Harvard Law School

Eric Mawira Gitari – S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School

Audience Q&A


5:05 – 6:00 pm: Fireside Chat on Film and Social Change (Rubenstein 414AB)

Tom DeSantoKidnapped for Christ, Lost in America, X-Men, Transformers

Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri – Director, Photographer, Author, and Activist

Audience Q&A


6:00 – 6:10 pm: Closing Remarks (Rubenstein 414AB)

Mark Elliott – Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University