Ghost Empire Â§ Cyprus| 34mins
Director: Susan Thomson | Producer: Susan Thomson
Focus Years: 2014 | Country: Ireland
Ghost Empire is a film project series, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, which explores the legacy of British colonialism on LGBTI rights around the world. Half of the countries which criminalize homosexuality use British colonial laws or revised versions of these laws, currently 39 countries in total.
""Ghost Empire Â§ Cyprus"" looks at the numerous recent arrests of gay men in Northern Turkish occupied Cyprus, including even the former Finance Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, under a British colonial law dating from 1889. The film looks at the internationally unrecognized North of Cyprus, the last divided capital of Europe and also the last place in Europe to criminalize homosexuality. The film talks to lawyers involved in a case taken to the European Court of Human Rights, and the ultimate repeal of the law in January 2014. The film also charts the first Pride Parades in May 2014.