Monday, June 17, 2013
Srdjan Dragojevic’s THE PARADE takes a comedic look at Serbia through the lens of one group’s fight to hold a Gay Pride parade in Belgrade. When a bulldog is shot, an improbable alliance develops. We meet Pearl and Mickey, a couple about to be married, and Mirko and Radmilo, a couple involved in the gay pride parade. Mirko happens to be Pearl’s wedding planner and Radmilo, his partner, turns out to be the veterinarian who saved Mickey’s dog’s life. After a lover’s quarrel, Mickey—who is less than accepting of Gay Pride—makes a deal to protect the participants in the parade in order to win Pearl back. Mickey and Radmilo embark on a road trip across Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo as Mickey attempts to assemble a fearsome security team for the parade. As they gather Mickey’s old friends from the war, it becomes clear to all that so-called enemies are often your greatest allies.
Gay men and lesbian women face fierce discrimination in Serbia. Whenever they want to organize a Gay Pride parade, they are attacked by hooligans and not protected by Serbian authorities. Human Rights Watch has documented several of these homophobic attacks. Together with local Serbian organizations, Human Rights Watch 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, the authorities banned several Gay Pride Parades in Belgrade.
- Country Serbia
- Language In Serbian with English subtitles
- Rating NR
- Running Time 115 minutes
- Director Srdjan Dragojevic
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