How a Serbian Comedy Is Fighting Homophobia Throughout the Balkans


Serbian director Srdjan Dragojevic’s latest film, Parada, is about a “homosexual couple who wants to organize a gay pride parade in Belgrade, despite obstacles in the form of right-wing violence and government opposition.” Amazingly, this film is actually changing people’s views in a widely homophobic region (one teenager “thought the film was shit because after seeing it he can no longer hate gays”). Oh, and it’s funny. Dragojevic says that making the movie a comedy was “a conscious choice”:

If I’d made an art house drama I would have shoved the film into a self-made ghetto. That’s exactly what I didn’t want. Therefore I made a film for homophobes with a funny, but clear, message.