'Out In Africa' South African Gay & Lesbian Film F
The 16th OUT IN AFRICA South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival takes place in Joburg and Cape Town this September, and features 17 international feature films and 9 local productions, five of which are world premieres.
Posted: Jul 22 2009
The festival has a wide range of films to appeal to all with subjects that run the gamut of human experience. Themes range and include, amongst others: high school hilarities, forbidden love, coming out, the desire for children and ageing gigolos. Moviegoers can look forward to comedies, tragedies, dramas and thought provoking documentaries. Every genre of filmmaking is covered including homage to celebrated gay icons.
The festival opens with Spinnin' (6 Billion Different People) a film made by Spanish director Eusebio Pastrana in 2007. This is the Spaniards at their wacky best - an exuberant award winning film set in Madrid in 1995 and follows lovers Garate and Omar as they seek to have a child.
Included in the line up is Fig Trees. Directed by John Greyson, this Canadian production is a contemporary opera based on the lives of South Africa's own HIV/Aids activist, Zackie Achmat and Canadian Tim McCaskell. The film uses clever historical references to Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson and is richly layered, intelligent and unique.
Probably the most controversial film of the festival is the recently unbanned by the South African Film & Publications Board, XXY. This multi-award winning film is a complex tale of gender, identiy and sexual orientation.
Directed by Jacque Oldfield and Adelheid Reinecke, the 16th OUT IN AFRICA film festival will also be the world premiere for South Africa's first full length lesbian feature film: Dykeumentary.
For more information go to: www.oia.co.za. Johannesburg: Nu Metro Montecasino 3-13 September. Cape Town: Nu Metro V&A Waterfront 10-20 September.