South African lesbians counter violence with visibility in ‘African Pride’

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A march in KwaThema township east of Johannesburg on September 17, 2011. Photo by Melanie Hamman Doucakis courtesy of Laura Fletcher.

Photo by Melanie Hamman Doucakis courtesy of Laura Fletcher.

A march in KwaThema township east of Johannesburg on September 17, 2011. Photo by Melanie Hamman Doucakis courtesy of Laura Fletcher.

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In South Africa’s townships, where homosexuality is widely considered “un-African” and “un-Christian,” the rape and murder of lesbians is often met with indifference and impunity. Filmmaker Laura Fletcher shows how local activists are fighting for dignity, and their lives.