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Forbidden Colours

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A Barbican Cinema programme celebrating rarely seen queer-focused films from places where LGBTQ+ people still suffer societal oppression and struggle for equality.

Despite huge progress made for LGBTQ+ equality, homosexuality remains illegal in more than 70 countries - as identified by Stonewall.

Even in places where legislation has improved, social attitudes are far slower to change and in many societies queer people still suffer oppression, discrimination and a deep lack of genuine acceptance.

Yet, despite the oppression queer people continue to face, some great films portraying sympathetic, well rounded LGBTQ+ characters have emerged from regions where homophobia and persecution of queer people have been normalised. Forbidden Colours showcases these films, celebrating queer visibility in contemporary international cinema.


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