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.
The success of the movie certainly says something about the powers of comedy to unify people and open their minds like no other form of art, ultimately changing the world for the better. Awesome.