A couple of weeks ago, a work in progress version of the documentary Pride screened at the BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival. It got a great reception, but in order to get it finished and seen by more people, it’s launched a crowdfunding campaign hoping to raise £25,000.
So what’s it all about? Here’s the synopsis from BFI Flare: ‘Pride began as a protest and has taken off around the world as a celebratory symbol of freedom, democracy and human rights. As the mainstream march in London draws larger crowds than ever before, off-shoots have also started to take root, signalling a major shift in queer culture and organising. What does it mean to be proud amidst discussions about racism, homo-nationalism and capitalism? Equally, what does it mean to critique the organisation of Pride-In-London when 49 innocent people were murdered in a gay bar in Orlando last summer?
‘PRIDE?’ is a provocative and intelligent documentary detailing the history of the movement and exuding compassion for the many, often conflicting, parts of the LGTBQ+ community. With wonderful, articulate commentary from the organisers of Black Pride, Queer Picnic, Pride in London and Lesbian Strength, among others. ‘PRIDE?’ is a genuine community effort that seeks to answer a simple but profound question about the future of this iconic movement.’
With the £25,000, the makers hope to complete the movie, including shooting more interviews, engaging graphic designers, getting archive footage, and completing legal reviews. Take a look at the trailer below, and if you like what you see, head over to Indiegogo to help out.