Beeld Cameroon

Cameroon: Coming Out of the Nkuta

Céline Metzger

France 2009, 52 min.


Spoken language: French

Subtitles: English

Festival year: 2011

Since 1972, homosexuality is liable to up to five years imprisonment in Cameroon. Human rights lawyer Alice Nkom considers this to be a violation of the constitution. With unflagging energy, she stands up for homosexuals in her country.


Based on personal testimonies, Cameroon: Coming Out of the Nkuta portrays the daily struggle of young gays and lesbians in Cameroon.
Muriel says that her mother has accepted her sexual orientation, but will never approve it. Elvis talks with his conservative-minded brother, who thinks he should marry a woman. And militant Nathalie proudly shows her bar where homosexuals can be themselves.
The central character in the documentary is human rights lawyer Alice Nkom, who tries to improve the situation of homosexuals in her country through legal channels: “I have decided to stand up for them. I wouldn’t know who else would.”

Alice Nkom is one of the ten human rights defenders featured in the A Matter of ACT main programme and will attend the festival.

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