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Title:Woubi Cheri
Editors:Brooks, PhilipISNI
Bocahut, LaurentISNI
Series:Library of African cinema
City of publisher:France/Ivory Coast
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
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Abstract:'Woubi Chéri' gives African homosexuals in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, a chance to describe their world in their own words. Often funny, sometimes ribald, but always real, this documentary introduces us to gender pioneers demanding their right to construct a distinct African homosexuality. One needs a new language to create a new world; therefore this film begins with a vocabulary lesson. The main characters explain that a 'woubi' is a male who chooses to play the role of 'wife' in a relationship with another man. A 'yossi' is a bisexual man, perhaps married, who accepts the role of a 'woubi's husband. A 'toussou bakari' is a lesbian. 'Controus' are homophobes who oppose the 'woubi' lifestyle. The film introduces us to a cross-section of Abidjan's 'woubi' community. Vincent, an immigrant from Burkina Faso, is a traditional griot and sage. Laurent defied his father's wishes that he become an auto mechanic to open a patisserie in Abidjan. Bibiche and Tatiana are cross-dressing prostitutes. Barbara, a glamorous more mature transvestite, is the leader of the tight-knit group and President of the Ivory Coast Transvestites Association. Laurent recalls that this community was like a new family. 'Your real family was the one you created. Nobody had to hide anything.' [Abstract reproduced from video]