Benjamin Cantu - "Artists Are Important in LGBT Movements Because They Have a Specific Way of Sensing Social Injustice"




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Benjamin Cantu - "Artists Are Important in LGBT Movements Because They Have a Specific Way of Sensing Social Injustice"

Benjamin Cantu previews his film on LGBT artists at Salzburg Global LGBT Forum Benjamin Cantu speaking at the 3rd annual Salzburg Global LGBT Forum

Benjamin Cantu, a Berlin based filmmaker, presented an exclusive preview of his documentary film Weil ich bin, wer ich bin (Je suis qui je suis) (in English "I am who I am") at the third annual Salzburg Global LGBT* Forum - Strengthening Communities: LGBT Rights and Social Cohesion.

Cantu spoke to Salzburg Global about the journey he took following the eight LGBT artists featured in his film and the lessons he learnt from them about the importance of artists in the global LGBT movement. He thanked the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum for its early support, as its Chair and Founder Klaus Mueller had connected him at the start of the production with artists and writers in Cambodia, Namibia and Morocco who are part of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, and shared the global perspectives the Forum had gathered in recent years. 

"It is important to have artists involved in activism because they carve out the world we live in, in a very special way."

"Artists make us aware that we live in an inhuman time, in human conditions, and art can touch people on that subject very much," said Cantu.

Listen to the interview below:

The Salzburg Global program Strengthening Communities: LGBT Rights & Social Cohesion is part of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum. The list of our partners for Session 551 can be found here. For more information, please visit:

*LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. We are using this term as it is currently widely used in human rights conversations on sexual orientation and gender identity in many parts of the world, but we would not wish it to be read as exclusive of other cultural concepts, contemporary or historical, to express sexuality and gender, intersex and gender-nonconforming identities.

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