Out in Africa


The Out In Africa SA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will hit Nu Metro screens in Johannesburg and Cape Town for a second time this year in November, with a line up of 29 films (including short films and TV series) from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA.

The Opening Night speaker in Johannesburg, on Thursday 1 November is the Honourable Kate O’Regan, Justice of the Constitutional Court. In Cape Town, on Thursday 8 November, the event will be opened by Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge MP.

Festival guests include a French director, two American actors, an Indian documentary director and his American producer. Jesse Archer was in the 2005 Festival favourite “Slutty Summer’ directed by Casper Andreas. Archer is the lead in Andreas’ latest film, “A Four Letter Word’, which he also co-wrote. Fabulous, fatuous Luke is sent into a flat spin when his latest Mr Right Now calls him a “Gay Cliche.’ The journey to self-realisation is hilarious and, thankfully, un-preachey.

Jay Brannan, most recently seen on our screens in John Cameron Mitchell’s “Shortbus’ (he plays the third in the James and Jamie triangle), will be here to introduce “Holding Trevor’. In this engaging film, about the importance of friendship, especially in the face of tempting love, Brannan displays his talent as a singer and songwriter.

Émilie Jouvet, a Parisian based photographer and filmmaker, will present her controversial and sexually explicit film “One Night Stand’. Jouvet travels courtesy of the French Embassy.

Sandi DuBowski, whose stirring “Trembling before G-d’ highlighted the dilemma of Jewish homosexuals and Orthodoxy, will introduce the director of his latest production “A Jihad for Love’. Parvez Sharma, an Indian born Muslim and the director of “A Jihad for Love’, presents the often life threatening difficulties facing Muslims that are gay or lesbian in this important and ground-breaking film.

For programme schedule and more information visit www.oia.co.za.


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