The Rainbow Project are proud to announce a screening of the movie BENT in the Red Barn Gallery to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The film will be screened in the Red Barn Gallery, 43b Rosemary Street, Belfast on Wednesday 28th January 2015 4.00pm – 6.30pm.

Speaking on the event John O’Doherty Director of The Rainbow Project said “We are very pleased to be supporting this years Holocaust Memorial Day. Between 1933 – 1945 it is estimated that around 100,000 men were arrested for being gay and those who were sentenced to concentration camps were worked to death and used as target practice”.

“Gay men were required to wear a pink triangle as identification and classification. The pink triangle has been used by The Rainbow Project since its inception as a memory to those who lost their lives and as a reminder of the cost of intolerance and hatred. The movie BENT is based around the story of Max who is gay and as such is sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime.

“It is a powerful story which reflects upon the strength and dignity of our community during one of the worst injustices carried out against us and other communities. We hope that this screening will help increase discussion and debate around the issues faced by LGBT people across the world as well as recognition of all those who sadly lost their lives during the holocaust. There are still 78 countries across the world where it is illegal to be gay and in around 5 countries it is still punishable by death. We must learn the lessons of the past and stand united in opposition to violence and tyranny across the world”.

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Notes to editors

It has been reported in the last week that ISIS have thrown gay men to their deaths as a punishment

More information on Holocaust Memorial Day can be viewed here http://hmd.org.uk/resources/theme-papers/hmd-2015-keep-memory-alive

More information on the experiences of gay men during the holocaust can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_homosexuals_in_Nazi_Germany_and_the_Holocaust

 

 

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