SA Queer Cinema
While You Weren’t Looking
Director: Catherine Stewart, Feature Film, 104 min, South Africa, 2015
South Africa led the world with its all embracing Constitution, granting homosexuals unprecedented freedoms and rights. This feature, produced by The Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town queers.
Twenty years into the New South Africa aging academic Mack looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Salute has moved on, he is Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures.
Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, they are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. But, have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness?
Asanda, their 18-year-old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.
Beautifully shot on locations in and around Cape Town in 24 days, with a stellar South African cast and a line up of great local music, this Out In Africa G&LFF production is funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund with additional support from the Department of Trade and Industry and a small grant from The Other Foundation.
Name While You Weren’t Looking
Date Fri 18 Aug 14:30