The 17th South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Out in Africa, will be opened in Johannesburg on 14 October by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Director of the Legal Resources Centre’s Constitutional Litigation Unit and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).
Denis Golderg, who at the end of the Rivonia Treason Trial in 1964 was sentenced to four life terms, will open the Cape Town leg of the festival on 21 October. Golderg was tried along with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Ahmed Kathrada. In 1985, at age 52, after 22 years in Pretoria Central prison Goldberg was released and went into exile in London where he continued to work for the ANC. His memoir, The Mission A life for freedom in South Africa, was published recently. Goldberg was the guest speaker at the launch of CASAC on 16 September 2010 at the Lilliesleaf Farm, famous for the raid that led to the Rivonia Treason Trial.
Say the festival organisers: “It is an honour for Out In Africa to welcome a man of passion and compassion to open the festival in Cape Town’.
For more information about the festival log onto www.oia.co.za