The Parade

Parada

dir. Srdjan Dragojevic

The Parade

Parada

dir. Srdjan Dragojevic

Series - Human Rights Watch

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A fight by gay activists to stage a pride parade in Belgrade sparks an unlikely alliance in this comedic and insightful look at contemporary Serbia.

Live Skype introduction with director Srdjan Dragojevic on Monday, March 4 at 6:30pm

Srdjan Dragojevic's The Parade takes a comedic look at contemporary Serbia through the tale of a struggle to stage a gay pride parade in Belgrade. After their bulldog is shot, Pearl and Mickey, a young straight couple about to be married, discover a coincidental connection between themselves and Mirko and Radmilo, a couple involved in the parade: Mirko is Pearl's wedding planner, while Radmilo turns out to be the veterinarian who saved the dog's life. After a lover's quarrel with Pearl, Mickey — who is less than accepting of homosexuality — forms an improbable alliance with Mirko and Radmilo in order to win his fiancée back. Hitting the road with Radmilo, Mickey travels across Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo to assemble his old war buddies into a formidable security team to protect the pride parade from homophobic attacks. As the unlikely band comes together, it becomes clear that apparent enemies can sometimes be your greatest allies.

Gay men and lesbian women face fierce discrimination in Serbia, and gay pride parades have been refused protection by authorities and subjected to attacks by hooligans. Human Rights Watch has documented several of these homophobic attacks, and, together with local Serbian organizations, has met with government officials, members of parliament, judges, lawyers, and other stakeholders in order to advocate for freedom of expression, association and assembly. In spite of these meetings, Serbian authorities banned several gay pride parades in Belgrade. Human Rights Watch also contributed members to a team of experts assembled by the Council of Europe which disseminated guidelines on protecting LGBT people during gay pride parades.

The Parade is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org

For more information, visit hrw.org/topic/lgbt-rights