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The Human Dignity Trust by The Good Side

Date: Jul 2020
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Two documentaries from The Human Dignity Trust and produced by The Good Side have exposed the archaic colonial-era British laws that are undermining human rights, perpetuating violence and discrimination towards LGBTQ+ people and other marginalised people across the Commonwealth.

Fewer than 10 of the 54 Commonwealth member countries today have legislation to recognise, prevent and punish hate crimes, including those committed on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, leaving victims unable to seek justice.

The short films, which are funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, are a call to action to Commonwealth lawmakers to urgently reform laws that discriminate against marginalised groups and enact new laws to protect individuals, whether by sexual orientation, race, religion or disability, from targeted violence and abuse.

Filmmakers from The Good Side travelled to Belize, India, Kenya, Seychelles and Singapore to capture first-hand stories and experiences of survivors, activists, political figures and experts from Commonwealth countries to highlight the urgent need for legislative reform.


Director - Jennifer Fearnley

Assistant Producer Kenya - Lydia Matata

Assistant Producer Seychelles - Nadia Ah-Kong

Assistant Producers India - Hetal Patel and Pawan Kumar

Producer Singapore - Jon Moore

DOP Singapore - Chris Dickinson

Editor - Mitch Tolliday

Sound Designer - Fred Pearson

Colourist - Mike Keelin