'The Pearl of Africa,' the new documentary web series on Ugandan transgender activist Cleopatra Kambugu, releases episode 4.
For the last few weeks, we've been following the story of Uganda's first openly transgender woman Cleopatra Kambugu as captured in the forthcoming documentary feature The Pearl of Africa. The project, helmed by Swedish director Jonny von Wallström, serves as a visual record of Cleo's public transition in Kampala over an eighteen-month period. Though no official release date has been announced for the film, von Wallström has been releasing short webisodes from the project to give viewers a taste of what to expect in the full length feature. The newest episode focuses on the relationship between Cleo and her boyfriend Nelson, and she speaks on what it's like to date while transgender in Uganda. Cleo also touches on the lingering insecurities her family has about Nelson's romantic intentions and her budding maternal instincts. There are three more episodes planned in the series, which we’ll be posting as they’re made available. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage and watch the fourth episode of The Pearl of Africa below. For more, follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.