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. Salute has moved on, he is Joe, married and with a child, rising in government and Party structures. Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, they are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. But, have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness. Asanda, their 18 year old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.