Best Student Film, 2015

City of the Damned (USA, 16 min)

Directed & Produced by Nate Skeen, Matt Rogers & Mor Albalak

City of the Damned focuses on LGBT rights in the face of the “kill the gays” anti-homosexuality bill, which became effective in February 2014. Although the death penalty was withdrawn from the bill due in large part to international pressure, public opinion remains the biggest threat to the Ugandan LGBT community. Youth on Rock Foundation (YRF), a Ugandan non-governmental organization, is fighting against stigma by promoting economic empowerment among its members. Najib, YRF’s treasurer, sells clothes in Uganda’s largest market. He aims to prove that his sexuality does not define
him; his respect for life, his determination for equality, and his aspirations to become a lawyer do.

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