SynopsisIn 2013, the young journalist and gay rights activist Eric Lembembe was murdered in Cameroon. While the film-maker addresses his own homophobic upbringing, the film reveals Lembembe’s murder was no isolated case.
In 2013, the young journalist Eric Lembembe was murdered in Cameroon. He was tortured and beaten to death because he was gay and had fought for gay rights. Shocked by this gruesome murder in his home country, film-maker Appolain Siewe sets off for Cameroon to find out more about the situation of LGBTQ people there. He soon realises that Lembembe's murder is no isolated case. Homosexuality is still a criminal offence in Cameroon, as it is in almost all African countries. Being gay is completely taboo and considered an embarrassment for families. While making the film, Siewe examines his own homophobic upbringing and seeks contact with members of his family. Since living in Europe, his outlook has changed. For his father, on the other hand, making a film on the subject is enough for him to break off all contact. Why is homophobia so firmly anchored in Cameroon society? What role does colonisation have to play in this? Siewe’s own experiences, moving encounters with activists who fight for tolerance in their country in spite of all the risks, and his conversations with Cameroon scientists, sociologists and human rights activists offer a comprehensive insight into society in Cameroon.