Out In Africa 2011


South Africa's gay film festival is back. Though there's no hot guest like couple of years ago when they brought Noah's Ark, Darryl Stephens, to Mzansi the festival promises to be a cool event.


The festival in its 18th edition returns to Nu Metro with a selection of movies that show case the challenges that homosexuals around the world still face on a daily basis. This year's line-up was drawn from 14 countries including Mzansi.


The festival will run from 12th to 21st Agust 2011 simultaneously at NuMetro Hyde Park (Johannesburg) and V&A Waterfront (Capetown)

These are the movies:

 
CHILDREN OF GOD
Dir: Kareem Mortimer
Bahamas 
• 2010 
• 104min
Love across the race barrier. The Bahamas, all palms and tropical breezes, is the backdrop for a story of love and the difficulties gay lovers face on these beautiful, ugly Caribbean islands. 

Screens with
Watch Over Me • Dir: Mysh Rozanov • Israel • 2010 • 14min
An initiate of an Israeli army elite corps resists being blooded with the blood of a gay man. He has another agenda.


 
FOR 80 DAYS / 80 EGUNEAN
Dirs: Jose Mari Goenaga & Jon Garaño
Spain 
• 2011 
• 104min
An exquisite story of second chances as two older women rekindle the intimacy they shared as teenagers, some 50 years ago. That one still has a husband proves problematic.


 
GETTING OUT
Dirs: Daniel Neumann, Alexandra Chapman & Chris Dolan
Uganda 
• 2011 
• 60min
An urgent film that exposes the un-African lack of love and tolerance for LGBTI people and refugees. A documentary of heartbreak and hope; see it to understand the battle. Produced by the Refugee Law Project with aid from the Open Society Initiative, in collaboration with the Ugandan Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. 

Screens with
Death of my Daughter • Dir: Leon Mostovoy • USA • 2011 • 9min
The filmmaker's mother announced the death of her daughter upon learning about his transition.


 
GLITTERBOYS AND GANGLANDS
Dir: Lauren Beukes
SA 
• 2011 
• 62min
Not just another drag act – award-winning novelist Lauren Beukes' look behind the scenes of the Miss Gay Western Cape event. Touching, engaging, the film is ultimately a beautifully crafted ode to (re)creation, memory and courage under fire. 

Screens with
The Home for Golden Gays • Dir: Nola Grace Gaardmand Denmark/Philippines • 2010 • 13min
Semmy's almost out of the closet at 80. With touching trepidation he explores a queer old age home.


 
KILL THE HABIT
Dir: Laura Neri
USA / Belgium / Greece / Italy 
• 2010 
• 80min
Take three hot women, a cute but nasty drug dealer, an LA setting, sharp dialogue, neat plot twists and you have the making of a funny thriller.


 
LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR
Dir: Sheldon Larry
USA 
• 2011 
• 105min
The rival houses go to battle on the dance floor. With music by Beyonce's music director Kim Burse and choreography by Michael Jackson's Frank Gaston Jr., the action is white-hot electric. And then there are the boys...

Screens with
Free Man • Dir: Kathryn Rotondi • USA • 2010 • 15min 
Who has the right to bury their lover, live in their house and own their memory?


 
MAN AT BATH / HOMME AU BAIN
Dir: Christophe Honoré
France 
• 2010 
• 72min
A brutally honest comment on the role and limitations of sex as a release and panacea as two French lovers go through a breakup. 


Screens with
Easy Money • Dir: Carlos Montero Castineira • Spain 2010 • 15min
Jaime becomes increasingly uncomfortable when his client insists that he "suppress" his wife. Then the real Jaime arrives …

WAITED FOR
Dir: Nerina Penzhorn 
SA 
• 2010 
• 59min 
Ho hum, you say, lesbians adopting babies... but you'll be touched and surprised by this thoughtful, quietly political film and the surprising adoptive mums and how they test our Constitution. 

Screens with
Baby Cake • Dir: Pearl Tan • USA • 2010 • 6min Two couples, one goal – a baby. They celebrate with champagne and a 'conception cake'. That's the easy part … Delightful fun.

and 


Gayby • Dir: Jonathan Lisecki • USA • 2010 • 12min
Multiple award-winning short about two friends, ex-college housemates, who decide to have a gayby.

 
WE WERE HERE
Dirs: David Weissman & Bill Weber
USA 
• 2010 
• 90min
... and some lived to tell the tale. Thirty years later we are presented with the reflections of survivors of the 80s pandemic that swept San Francisco and cut down thousands in their prime. A timely, forceful, haunting and ultimately positive film.

Screens with

The Ball 
Director: Orlando Mesquita • Mozambique • 2002 • 5min 
A Cannes winner in 2001 produced by STEPS for the Future. What more can you do with a condom? 

and 

The Island  
Dir: Trevor Anderson • Canada • 2009 • 6min
Anderson receives a derogatory, hackneyed gay-hate mail. He creates the place they want to send him to – a homotopia …

 
WEEKEND
Dir: Andrew Haigh
UK 
• 2011 
• 96min
Love, sex or commitment? It's complicated. What could have been a wordless one night stand turns chatty and challenging... Weekend has a gentleness that helps get across Haigh's idea that we're all looking for something honest, whatever that may be and wherever we may look for it. 

Screens with
Gayby 
Dir: Jonathan Lisecki • USA • 2010 • 12min 
Multiple award-winning short about two friends, ex-college housemates, who decide to have a gayby.


Tickets will set you back R47 in Johannesburg and R42 in Capetown. Half price on Wednesdays !!

Sorry Durbs!!!

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