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Ghost Empire § Belize (2021)

Documentary 1h 48m

Part of a trilogy of films exploring the legacy of British colonial rule and the criminalisation of LGBTQ+ people in 34 countries around the world, Irish-based artist/filmmaker Susan Thomson examines the constitutional challenge taken by Belizean activist Caleb Orozco against Section 53, a 19th century British colonial law criminalizing acts “against the order of nature”. Opposition to the case by evangelical Christian groups has included symbolic hangings of an effigy of LGBTQ+ group UNIBAM. The film is a psychological portrait of Orozco’s resistance and sacrifice and the validation of his efforts at the UK Parliament, and at the UN where he is congratulated by then vice president Joe Biden.
Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland


Susan Thomson



Bonus Content

Ghost Empire Belize Q&A


Q&A with Ghost Empire Belize director Susan Thomson, hosted by Melissa Chemam, moderated by IFI Head of Irish Film Programming Sunniva O’Flynn.

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