Uganda officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. it is bordered to the East by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the West by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the South West by Rwanda, and to the South by Tanzania. This is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia.
This is a country which for long have been criticised for the discriminations against the LGBTI ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) community. The Pearl of Africa is a documentary of the life of Cleopatra Kambugu, a Ugandan transgender girl who was forced to flee to Kenya after being “outed” as homosexual in one of Uganda‘s major tabloids. It is a story about love, hate and being transgender, in one of the worlds most homophobic places.
Filmmaker Jonny von Wallstrom indicated that his impulse behind the creation of the film was to to show other LGBTI Ugandans that they are not alone while telling a story that humanizes the trans community in an effort to change the prejudiced perceptions held by many.