Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Published: August 3, 2011

The 18th Out In Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival runs from 12-21 August in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Launched in 1994 to celebrate the inclusion of sexual orientation in the constitution, the festival also increases the visibility of LGBTIs in South Africa’s social and cultural life, counters negative images of LGBTIs in traditional and religious communities, and serves as a platform for discussion and debate about LGBTI issues.

According to Media Update, "the lineup, drawn from fourteen countries, includes six feature films, four documentaries and nine short films."

    This year’s selection showcases the challenges that still face the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

    Getting Out, co-directed by Alexandra Chapman, Chris Dolan, and Daniel Neumann, is an epic documentary about three gay Africans seeking asylum because of the persecution they’ve experienced. Sadly, neither South Africa nor Europe turn out to be GLBT sanctuaries either.

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