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Dakan (Destiny) (Guinea | France, 1997)

Directed by Mohamed Camara. Dakan is the first feature film on homosexuality from sub-Saharan Africa. When Sori and Manga tell their parents they are in love they try to "cure" their sons by separating them. Manga is even subjected to a traditional purification ceremony in his ancestral village. The two sons dutifully try to live heterosexual lives. Sori marries a village woman and Manga becomes engaged to a white woman but Manga and Sori inevitably reunite to live out their "destiny". In French and Mandikan with English subtitles. 1997. 87 min.