Global Gay
France, Cameroon, South Africa, Nepal, 2014, 77 minutes, SD
Global Gay Synopsis

A global revolution is underway to obtain what UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Barack Obama call ‘the final frontier in human rights’: the universal decriminalization of homosexuality.


Homosexuality is forbidden in almost half of the world. Out of 196 UN member states, there are 7 where it is punishable by death. In 84 others, it can merit prison and physical punishment. But today, momentum is building and the debate on gay rights is omnipresent - whether it be regarding legalization in the Middle-East and Africa or the focus of gay marriage laws in the West.


After years of long diplomatic struggle, several world leaders have declared themselves in favor of the universal decriminalization of homosexuality. But victory won’t come easily. The countries that still punish homosexuality refuse to give in to international pressure. Global acceptance and equality will take time to achieve.


‘Global Gay’ follows this battle for decriminalization through the lives and work of some of its fearless pioneers, providing a vibrant chronicle of the growing global social movement. In the words of Ban Ki Moon, “The time has come”.


Filmed in Russia, Cuba, Cameroon, Nepal and South Africa.

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Reviewed by hanna
This is a powerful documentary that  gives  a chilling account to the still existing homophobia even among developed countries and of the punishments given, even death sentence, that is really... more
This is a powerful documentary that  gives  a chilling account to the still existing homophobia even among developed countries and of the punishments given, even death sentence, that is really terrible.  Thanks to these pioneers who have joined forces to call for an end to this as well as towards equality.  It's heartbreaking but at the same time there's a growing  hope that everybody, including homosexuals will be totally accepted in the global society.
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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
Through this documentary,  we can see positive development in terms of a wider acceptance of homosexuality and its decriminalization. The steps that the UN are making, together with various human... more
Through this documentary,  we can see positive development in terms of a wider acceptance of homosexuality and its decriminalization. The steps that the UN are making, together with various human rights organizations and policy makers among others, is laudable but needless to say, the war is still not totally won. There are still countries that punish homosexuals, like Iran and Cameroon and this just goes to show that the struggle for legal rights is still ongoing. The testimonies are heartbreaking and one person's statement that their families refuse to see them again because "even God don't know you" reflects the hard truth that homophobia is still rampant in modern society.  Worth checking out. 
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Reviewed by jeteli
Compelling and eye-opening! This documentary brings viewers on a narrative journey to the measures being taken on the decriminalization of homosexuality and on the issue of LGBT legal rights.  It's... more
Compelling and eye-opening! This documentary brings viewers on a narrative journey to the measures being taken on the decriminalization of homosexuality and on the issue of LGBT legal rights.  It's very depressing to know that there are still countless countries wherein homosexuality is punishable by prison and even death.  Am personally struck by the personal accounts of Jean Claude from Cameroon who was punished for being a homosexual with a text message as sole evidence.  This contemporary saga aims to raise awareness and raise the issue a notch higher. Highly recommended! 
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  • heart-wrenching and very revolting!

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  • Watching this documentary really saddened me. I can't  begin to understand why homosexuality per see is punishable and seen as a crime in some countries. 

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