A diverse genre of films were showcased at the annual Batho Ba Lorato Film Festival, now running for its 5th edition. The FestivalÔÇöinspired by a call for openness and dialogue on matters of homosexuality and safe sex, ran between February 22nd to February 25th at New Capitol Cinema, Riverwalk.
“We started out at the UB auditorium and now we are at the cinema, which is really an achievement for us. It captures the essence of the screening and also allows us to be more accessible to the public and engage them in a vibrant way,” said coordinator Bradley Fortuin on the growth of the event.
Under the theme ‘Breaking The Wall’, the festival aims to break the barriers that confine LGBT people from living their truth. “We want to live in a society where one is not defined by their sexuality or gender identity. The films touch on all these aspects and mirror what is happening in society and the consequences of silence regarding this issue,” he added.
Screenings this year explore the many facets of LGBT lives. Thematically, the films delve into love, stigma, abuse, religion, tradition, self- hate, family and acceptance. Featured films include local film ‘The Story of Sebonta’ and others such as Hell or High Water (Nigeria), Lost in the World (RSA), LIT – the documentary (RSA),EudySimelane: A life cut short (RSA) Naz and Maalik (USA) as well as Moonlight (USA).
All screenings are free for everyone. Screening starts at 1730 from 22-24 & at 1430 on the 25th. “Batho Ba Lorato screening is for everyone. We celebrate humanity and diversity to the fullest. It’s for mothers, fathers, pastors sons and daughters, artists, human rights champions and allies. We do hope this this goes even bigger to a point where the festival can travel the country and share the experience with Batswana who are far away,” expressed Fortuin.
The screening is sponsored by Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, Pick and Pay Botswana and WoodlaneBotswana.