while you weren't looking
feature film screenplay
PRODUCTION COMPANY: out in africa pictures
DIRECTOR: catherine stewart
screenings include: Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival / Cinema Queer Stockholm / Utah Film Center / Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival / Miami gay & lesbian film festival / Hamburg International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
PRODUCERS: amanda law, nodi murphy, sharon jackson
South Africa led the world with its all embracing Constitution, granting homosexuals unprecedented freedoms and rights. This feature, produced by The Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a cross section of Cape Town queers.
Twenty years into the New South Africa, ageing academic Mack looks for Salute, the young freedom fighter he sheltered and loved. Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married twenty years, are the trailblazing lesbians of the new South Africa. Asanda, their 18-year old adoptive daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as an experiment, being made up as she goes along. And Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayelitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town. Through these intertwined lives, a different picture of the new South Africa emerges.