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When Pride Came To Town

After leaving his rural hometown to escape homophobia, Bjørn-Tore returns decades later to participate in its first Pride parade.

Documentary 2018 18 mins


A provocative yet heartwarming story about the clash between conservatism and sexual freedom in one of Europe’s most liberal countries. We meet 52-year old Norwegian Bjørn-Tore, who fled to the big city in order to escape the everyday homophobia he experienced in his rural hometown. When the very same village is hosting Norway's first rural Pride parade, Bjørn-Tore is filled with mixed emotions about returning. Tension rise as a local church group organize an anti-LGBTQ rally, just weeks before the parade.

When Pride Came To Town sheds light on the ongoing battle for gay rights, while at the same time being an unexpected and positive portrayal of how attitudes in many rural areas might not be as conservative as some might think. Part of FiveFilmsForFreedom 2020, the global, digital LGBTIQ+ film festival brought to you by the British Council and the BFI. From 18 - 29 March, audiences in London will be enjoying BFI Flare, the LGBTIQ+ film festival. At the same time you, and people all over the world, can watch five films from the festival for free online. Love is a human right.