Out In Africa

Out In Africa has arranged screenings of queer titles from its archive at Gallery University Stellenbosch, UWC Gender Equity Unit, Bertha Movie House and UCT’s Young Wom?n’s Leadership and Filmsoc. These will all take place between July and November 2018. Screenings are free of charge.

Out In Africa is kindly housed by the African Gender Institute at UCT, and receives funding from The Other Foundation, Astrea and the LGBTIQ community who subscribe to OIA’s 8333 donation initiative and MySchool.



The Out In Africa Screen

at the

Gallery University Stellenbosch GUS

Monday 30 July 7.30pm: The Wound Inxeba

Saturday 18 August 7.30pm: Beautiful Boxer

Sunday 2 September 7.30pm: While You Weren’t Looking

Saturday 29 Sept 7.30pm: Satyr of Springbok Heights / Q&A with Robert Silke

Saturday 13 October 7.30pm: Madame Satã

Saturday 27 October 7.30pm: Proteus

Saturday 24 November 7.30pm: Concussion

Monday 30 July 7.30pm


2017 South Africa
Director: John Trengove
Starring: Nakhane Touré, Niza Jay Ncoyini, Bongile Mantsai

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

The Wound is a compelling and taboo-breaking South African feature taking the international festival circuit by storm. Leading a new wave of African cinema, it is equal parts coming-of-age story, love drama, and intense psychological thriller told from a uniquely African perspective. A bold and unflinching new voice on the international stage. The Wound is the recipient of some 14 festival awards.


• BFI London Film Festival 2017 – Best First Feature
• Mumbai Film Festival 2017 – Grand Jury Prize
• Sydney Film Festival 2017 – Audience Award
• Torino LGBTQI Film Festival 2017 – Best Film
• Outfest Film Festival 2017– Jury Prize
• Frameline 2017
• Durban International Film Festival – Best Director, Best Actor

Saturday 18 August 7.30pm


2005 Thailand 118mins
Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham
Starring: Asanee Suwan as Parinya Charoenphol

In terms of plot twists, it’s undeniably brilliant. A poor boy from a village in Thailand overcomes his natural timidity and gentleness to become a champion kickboxer – but only so he can afford a sex change. It would also be preposterous were it not true. The new Thai film, Beautiful Boxer, is the story of Parinya “Nong Toom” Charoenphol, an authentic star in Thailand and one of the most controversial figures to emerge in international sport.


Rising even higher than the greatest expectations engendered by the International Press when it became a favorite of the film festivals, BEAUTIFUL BOXER is one of the more poetic, sensitive, luxuriously vivid and colorful films to come out of Thailand – and that is saying a lot, given the extravagant epics that yearly grow in popularity. This work of art is simply stunning in content, in direction, in acting, and in heartfelt simplicity of message. This is a great one!



• Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Best Feature Film
• Thailand National Film Association Awards – Best Actor (Asanee Suwan), Best Makeup (Kraisorn Sampethchareon)
• San Sebastián International Film Festival – Sebastian Award
• Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival – Best Film
• Outfest – Achievement Award – Outstanding Emerging Talent (Ekachai Uekrongtham)



Sunday 2 September 7.30pm


2015 South Africa 76mins
Director: Catherine Stewart
Starring: Thishiwe Ziqubu, Petronella Tshuma, Camilla Lily Waldman, Sandi Schultz

A striking departure from anything we have seen in South African cinema, Catherine Stewart’s film explores the discrepancy between the country’s enlightened new constitution towards gender and sexuality, and deeply ingrained societal and class attitudes.

Terri and Dez are an affluent longtime mixed-race lesbian couple who have raised Asanda, a black daughter, since childhood. The couple is approaching their twentieth anniversary, but Terri comes to believe her partner, businesswoman Dez, is having an affair with another woman. Meanwhile, free-spirited, 18-year-old Asanda is experimenting with her own sexuality and finds herself drawn to Shado, a charismatic cross-dressing lesbian from the slums, despite the disapproval of her hipster boyfriend and the misgivings of her concerned mothers. Ignoring them, Asanda goes to spend the night with Shado in the shantytown of Khayelitsha, a fateful decision for all concerned.

Tightly drawn, very provocative and brimming with unbridled raw storytelling energy, While You Weren’t Looking opens doors of perception into a world we haven’t explored before.

Palm Springs International Festival 2016

Beautifully shot and with powerful performances from all the cast, this is compulsory watching.

Grethe Koen, City Press *****


• Best Film – Audience Award, 2015 Pink Apple Zurich, Switzerland
• Best Feature Director – Jury Award 2015 Long Beach QFilms, California
• Best Narrative Feature Film – Jury Award 2015 Tampa Bay Int. G&LFF, Florida
• Best Film – Audience Award, 2015 queerfilm festival, Bremen, Germany
• In Competition – 2015 Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Turin, Italy
• Nominated for 6 South African Film & Television Awards: Winner of Best Supporting Actress and Make-up & Hairstyling Awards.

Saturday 29 September 7.30pm


2009 South Africa 54mins
Director: Robert Silke

The Satyr of Springbok Heights is a bizarre mockumentary filmed in one of Cape Town’s sexy and iconic buildings, Holyrood, in Queen Victoria Street. This offbeat hour-long movie stars people such as journalist Lin Sampson, who plays herself, and eccentrics including a well-known Cape Town bergie.


Billed as a “gay architectural mockumentary”, The Satyr of Springbok Heights is Cape Town architect Robert Silke’s first foray into film. Centred around an art deco building near Cape Town’s Company Gardens, the short film takes a spoof-documentary approach to showcasing a handful of the fictional residents of the building. Expert commentary from Lin Sampson (Sunday Times), and professors Fabio Todeschini and John Caviggia (University of Cape Town), contrast the characters’ outrageous exploits, which recall early John Waters.




Saturday 13 October 7.30pm


2002 Brazil 105mins
Director: Karim Aïnouz
Screened in Un Certain Regard Cannes 2002.

In the 1930s slums of Rio de Janeiro, João Francisco dos Santos (Lázaro Ramos) is many things — the son of black slaves, an ex-con who spent more than two decades in prison, a gangster, a homosexual, and patriarch to a surrogate family of social outcasts. João seeks an outlet of expression through a cabaret act, where he cultivates the transvestite stage persona Madame Satã and becomes a revolutionary icon for society’s neglected during a time of upheaval in post-abolition Brazil.

First-time feature director Karim Ainouz’s vivid 1930s-set biopic recreates a key period in the life of a legendary gay streetfighter, criminal and killer, an uneducated black Brazilian descended from slaves who doubled as a cabaret singer and drag artiste styled after Josephine Baker.




Saturday 27 October 7.30pm


2003 SA / Canada 100mins
Directors: John Greyson & Jack Lewis
Starring: Rouxnet Brown, Neil Sandilands

Set in 18th-century South Africa, the film dramatises the true story of Claas Blank (Rouxnet Brown) and Rijkhaart Jacobsz (Neil Sandilands), two prisoners on Robben Island who were executed for sodomy in 1735. Their relationship also had a racial component, as Jacobsz was a white Dutchman, while Blank was a black Khoi. The film also stars Shaun Smyth as Virgil Niven, a Scottish botanist who befriends Blank for his knowledge of South African flora, but may in fact have his own sexual interest in Blank.

Greyson’s latest is a period piece involving forbidden same-sex, interracial love in early South Africa. Co-directed with activist filmmaker Lewis, film has enough erotic and exotic content to win arthouse viewers.


This film will confuse the average filmgoer but a close viewing will reveal a rich tapestry of themes for those who are willing to make the leap beyond conventional storytelling.




Saturday 24 November 7.30pm


2013 USA 96mins
Director: Stacie Passon
Starring: Robin Weigert

Concussion premièred at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The story is old and familiar: Married couple, busy with work and raising children, lose the passion and start taking each other for granted. Smart, nuanced, and sexy, Concussion transcends its more awkward moments thanks to Robin Weigert’s remarkable starring performance.

Concussion, a new film written and directed by Stacie Passon, takes this well-worn storyline and makes something unique out of it, something fresh and bizarre.


Intelligent drama about sexuality and self-deception



• 2013 Berlin International Film Festival – Teddy Award Jury Prize – outstanding film about LGBT themes.



Young Women’s Leadership and Out in Africa are delighted to present the first in a three-part series of film screenings. Please join us in celebration of films made by queer black women and queer people of colour. Each screening will be followed by a discussion.

Wednesday 8 July 4pm-6pm: The first three films interrogate, engage and explore Cultural Homophobia.

Friday 7 September 4pm-6pm: The second programme of three films are curated to interrogate, engage and explore Mental Health and Abelism.

Venue: AGI Seminar Room
Level 4 Harry Oppenheimer Building
Engineering Mall, Upper Campus UCT

Thursday 8 August 2018 4pm-6pm



Possessed by Demons

2004 South Africa 4’09”

Director: Nokuthula Dladla

Produced by: Out In Africa

This is a personal account of a congregation’s medieval and masculine response to a lesbian in their midst. Their brutal quest to cast out her male demons hardens her resolve to live as God’s creation.


Ndim’ Ndim’

2006 South Africa 8’

Director: Martha Qumba

Produced by: Out In Africa

This is a fascinating portrait of brave, quietly persistent Funeka Soldaat who is an out lesbian and anti-abuse activist. Living in the controlled homophobia of her Xhosa-dominated community in Khayalitsha, Funeka’s single-handed education of those around her progresses slowly but surely.


Inkanyezi Yobusuku

2007 South Africa 13’

Director: Kekeletso Khena

Produced by: Out In Africa

Traditionally Zulu women were barred from household chores during menstruation, and the maidens were isolated in the girls’ hut, a time for rest and contemplation called Ukuya Enyangeni – going to the moon. Lindiwe’s dreams are disturbed by her desire for the Amaqhikiza, her guide during this time.

Friday 7 September 2018 4pm-6pm



Muted Screams

2004 South Africa 3’23”

Director: Lindiwe Nkutha

Produced by: Out In Africa

Succinct but tortured images wade through the weight of religious and social guilt and media expectation as misdirected questions are tackled by simple, no-so-straight answers.


I have two

2001 South Africa 3’08”

Director: John Meletse

Produced by: Out In Africa

An aptly silent movie, I have two demonstrates the frustrations of a Deaf man who cannot talk to those who identify with a sexuality that ironically leads to his rejection by those who do sign his language.


A Kind of Language

2010 South Africa 24’

Director: Phybia Dlamini

Dlamini’s sophisticated, well-acted, beautifully filmed drama, based on the K. Sello Duiker’s Thirteen Cents and The Quiet Violence of Dreams, follows the lives of a clutch of Cape Town’s unheralded underdogs. A man, recently out of Valkenberg, lives in a halfway house and battles a terrible past and his feelings for a flat mate. A street child, on the verge of becoming a teenager, does what he needs to stay alive, and a prostitute tries to escape her brutal pimp. Their lives intersect with intriguing consequences.

Third programme

Date venue and title to be confirmed


Betwixt and Between

2004 South Africa 7’52”

Director: Bridgette Oliphant

Produced by: Out In Africa

Apartheid South Africa’s Group Areas Act separated and devastated families, friendships and relationships. It imposed the need to live a desperate lie. A lie lived to the full by the infamous and flamboyant Granny Lee.


Portfolio: My Life in 12 frames per minute

2001 South Africa 1’53”

Director: Carl Collison

Produced by: Out In Africa

Collison’s photographic background is evident in this perfectly framed, honest and concise collage of personal images determined to portray his exploration of the real.


Everything Must Come to Light

2000 South Africa 25’

Directors: Mpumi Njinge & Paulo Alberton

Co-Produced by: The Gay & Lesbian Archives (GALA) and Out In Africa

This film focuses on the lives of three dynamic same-sex identified women who are sangomas living in Soweto. Articulate and sympathetic, they are willing to share their stories. This tale is unusual in a realm that is often shrouded in silence and secrecy. After leaving their husbands, two of the women were able to explore their sexuality in relation to other women because of their dominant male ancestors instructing them to take wives. The relationship with their ancestors and the roles that they play in their healing powers and their sexuality are focal points of this film.