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Tunisia’s LGBTQ scene celebrates Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival

A major LGBTQ community event has shown diversity and inclusion are still alive in spite of Tunisia’s authoritarian drift and regression of freedoms.
Tunisians arrive to attend the opening of the second edition of the Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival, Tunis, Tunisia, March 22, 2019.

The Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival (MQFF) returned to the Tunisian capital for its third edition after being postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was a long-awaited occasion for LGBTQI community members to finally meet up again in person.

“First and foremost, it’s a space of visibility, representation and awareness for the LGBTQ community. And it’s a place of cultural and human exchange,” Karam Aouini, one of the MQFF organizers, told Al-Monitor. “We are really happy to be back.”

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