Tag Archives: lesbian

Standpoint: A Journal of the Coalition of African Lesbians

 Invites contributions to a brand new Journal


The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) invites all our members, partners and friends to submit contributions for our brand new journal, the first of its kind. Our Standpoint Journal celebrates collective feminist resistance, resilience, revolution and power as lesbian and bisexual women and trans-diverse people across Africa through our association with CAL at various times and in different spaces of our intersectional movements in Africa.

We welcome critical and reflective articles; anecdotes, memories and photographs of particular moments of our herstory; poetry, stories, letters, speeches, conversations, diary and journal entries, media reports, book, art and other reviews; electronic media submissions (cellphone, facebook, twitter, blogs, etc); and creative visioning of the continent we want to live in.

Let’s surface our pain and pleasure, our fears and courage, and document our resilience and resistance, our challenges and victories.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 22 November 2013 at 19h00 UTC/GMT. Please send your submissions to . We will confirm receipt of all submissions, and correspond further with the authors/creators of submissions selected for publication. Do please contact the Editorial Collective at  for any queries related to this call.


The 20th Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival’s 2013 final edition takes place in Jozi at Nu Metro Hyde Park and in CT at both Nu Metro and Cinema Nouveau V&AC Waterfront from 18-27 October.  For film trailers, workshops and all other info, check out our website here

Bookings will open on Monday, 30th September

OIA will be opened in Jozi on Wednesday 16 October by Justice Edwin Cameron. The Opening Night speaker in CT, on Thursday 17 October, is still to be confirmed.

The sure-fire hit of the Festival will be the French title Blue is the Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche’s 3-hour epic, awarded the Cannes Palme d’Or by a jury headed by Steven Spielberg. Courtesy of Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau, this will be the South African Première. It will screen at Nu Metro Hyde Park and Cinema Nouveau V&A Waterfront.

Continuing the French theme is the documentary Louis(e) de Ville, portrait of a bad girl!   This is not to be missed by anyone.  Louis(e), a guest of the Festival courtesy of the French Embassy / IFAS will attend all screenings, and perform her inimitable style of live burlesque in both cities. Intelligent, articulate and political, she performs in burlesque shows throughout Europe. Details of her performances and workshops are on the OIA website. Portrait screens as a double bill with In their Room: London directed by Travis Mathews, who often collaborates with James Franco. In their rooms are a surprising cross-section of gay men who share what’s on their minds and.. Intelligent and insightful, compulsive and compelling, voyeuristic and sometimes just plain crazy, the film is also surprisingly tender.

German director Patrick Schuckmann will present his film Lose Your Head, a tense and sexy psychological thriller based on the true story. Luis, a young Spaniard, comes to summery Berlin to party and meets the sexy, intriguing Viktor. It all becomes scary and sinister when a Greek woman mistakes Luis for her brother who has disappeared.

Schuckmann will run Script Writing workshops in Jozi and Cape Town.

Another German offering is the award winning Free Fall (Freier Fall) directed by Stephan Lacant.  Set far from the gay world, it is a gritty, intense study of a riot squad policeman whose life comes apart when he falls for a colleague.  Beautifully shot, exquisitely acted, Free Fall is part Brokeback Mountain, part Undertow.

Director Rodney Evans, a guest of the 2005 Festival with Brother to Brother, has delivered a well-scripted, often pin-sharp delving into the new rules of engagement as permanence makes way for pleasure in The Happy Sad. Here two couples, one (nearly) straight, one gay, find themselves exploring alternatives to the usual ’til-death-do-us-part monogamy roundabout, with intriguing consequences and more twists than a 5th Avenue pretzel.

Doug Spearman’s Hot Guys with Guns is a modern take on the old-fashioned detective story. It’s Chinatown meets Boystown. A series of raids on exclusive parties leaves a raft of LA’s most influential gay men high and dry. Will our amateur PIs catch the bastards, or just the clap? By turns tense and dramatic, it’s also titillating, funny, cruisey, filled with Hollywood insider-humour and some pretty decent acting. Lots of fun.

Out in the Dark, directed by Michael Mayer, is a multi-award winning Israeli film that delivers a gripping tale of love that both comments on, and uses the backdrop of, Israeli-Palestinian politics to great effect. Palestinian Nimr sneaks across the border at night to the gay bars of Tel Aviv where he meets the sexy Israeli lawyer, Roy.  The cinematography, music and editing all contribute to an edgy, urgent drama of star-crossed lovers.

And for a truly South African experience the Festival includes a programme of three local shorts: Benedicte Roumega’s White Lies, set in a Cape Town hair salon, starring Alan Committee; Oko Macanda’s  Somagwazaabout two boys undergoing their initiation into the world of men; and Duan Myburgh’s DIFF award winning tale of love and revenge, The Brave Unseen

Out In Africa

Booking details:

Nu Metro (Jozi and CT): R53 all concessions apply

Call Centre:  8am to  8pm:  0861 246 362

In CT – Blue is the Warmest Colour screens at Cinema Nouveau:  R63 all concessions apply

For bookings and info visit or call  Ticketline on 082 16789

The Festival is sponsored by

The National Film & Video Foundation, HIVOS, The Times, The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice The French Embassy, the ever-generous individuals who subscribe to the 8333 fund and our small businesses 6 Spin Street, Graton Guest House, The Glen Boutique Hotel, Original Cocktails and SoupSaladSandwich

(From Mehita I.)


Excerpts from a Lesbian’s Life in the Theater

image002    image003


FRIDAY FEB. 22 @ 5:30 PM

Wits Amphitheatre ,University of the Witwatersrand. 

Co-Presented by Wits Drama for Life and Writing Centre

A love-crazed lesbian on the loose… 

A closeted butch woman at the bedside of her dying wife… 

A feisty female reporter in love with the President’s Wife…  

These characters — and more — are brought to life by Terry Baum, pioneer lesbian playwright.  

Terry has been creating theater in San Francisco since 1974.

Her plays have been published, translated into Dutch, French, Swedish, and Italian and produced all over the world.

She has toured North America, Europe and Israel as a solo performer of her own plays.