New film documents lives of Kosovo's LGBT+ community 

Only a few days before Kosovo's second LGBT+ pride parade took place, the movie "The Sky is Turning," which documented the preparations for last year's parade -- the first-ever such event in Kosovo -- was awarded the Human Rights Journalistic Prize. 

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New film documents lives of Kosovo's LGBT+ community  - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

Kosovo 2.0's documentary "The Sky is Turning" is an important video testimony about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in Kosovo. 

It records the emotional confessions of Kosovo LGBT+ persons, stories of their acceptance and rejection by their families, and the excitement and fears they felt during preparations for Kosovo’s first Pride parade, held a year ago in Pristina. 

Part of the movie was filmed during the days when the first pride parade was being organized. As the date (October 10, 2017) was approaching, activists were becoming more and more anxious over the outcome of the historic march. The fear of public criticism turning to possible violence was enormous. 

Fear remains widespread among members of the LGBT+ community living in conservative Kosovo. But this October, Kosovo's pride march was held for the second time and -- even if a majority of the population doesn't approve of it -- the event saw no incidents. Baby steps are still steps. 

Details from the story:

  • On October 4, 2018, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) Kosovo and the Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture (ACDC) awarded "The sky is turning" first prize.
  • The four-part documentary, looking at lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in Kosovo, was produced by Kosovo 2.0 last year. 
  • The second Pride Parade was held on October 10, 2018. 
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