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26 August 2008




Johannesburg Thu 4th – Sun 14th September 2008
Nu Metro - Killarney Mall

Cape Town Thu 11th – Sun 21st September 2008
Nu Metro - V&A Waterfront ▪ 021 461 40 27 ▪

The Out in Africa SA Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is turning 15 this year and bringing some reel buds to the big screen this spring!

The Festival reflects the significant changes that Gay cinema is undergoing by truly reflecting reality and ousting stereotypes, offering a broad choice of films ranging from comedy to documentary, feature films and shorts, local and international titles. Among the highlights are Eytan Foxs’ The Bubble, Jamie Babbit’s Itty Bitty Titty Committee, the award-winning XXY directed by Lucía Puenzo, the Oscar-nominated documentary For the Bible Tells Me So by Daniel Karslake, the hugely entertaining Times Have Been Better and Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin.

While our films and the panoply of topics they touch on entertain, panel discussions and especially our guests turn the festival into a unique inter-active experience. Our guests this year are Emmy-award winner Bennett Singer (Director of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, an award-winning documentary selected by Justice Edwin Cameron. The film reveals the life of the gay man who mentored Reverend Martin Luther King. Cameron will attend some of the screenings and engage with the director and Rustin’s life partner Walter Naegle, also a guest of the Festival.

Lisa Thrasher (Producer of Itty Titty Bitty Committee) is an Independent Film Producer and serves as the President of Film Production & Distribution for POWER UP (Professional Organisation of Women in Entertainment Reaching UP) – she will be running a Producer’s Seminar in Johannesburg and Cape Town, which are free and open to all – see the printed programme and website for further details.

Also in attendance will be Jamie Babbit, the Director of Itty Titty Bitty Committee. Babbit has enjoyed success as a television producer/director, serving as both for the WB television series Popular, as well as directing episodes of critically acclaimed shows such as Ugly Betty, the L Word, Alias, Nip/Tuck, Malcolm in the Middle and The Gilmore Girls.


Five years in the making and the winner of more than 20 awards, 'Brother Outsider' is a documentary that illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called 'the unknown hero'of the civil rights movement.

A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., and the architect of the legendary March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. 'Brother Outsider' reveals the price that Rustin paid for this openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setbacks of his remarkable 60-year career.

12H00 -14H00
Followed by a discussion with the director, Bennett Singer and Walter Naegle
Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking
4th Floor, 25 Owl Street, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
If you wish to attend this master class, please RSVP to Tanya Sutton by Thursday 4th September 2008
+27 11 482 5599 /

Another documentary highlight on offer at the OIA festival is the award-winning documentary

For The Bible Tells Me So
In this thorough, positive and ultimately hopeful documentary, the filmmaker presents the complex subject of homosexuality and religion through personal and intellectual arguments that encourages people to examine their beliefs rather than mindlessly accept the preaching of others.

Out In Africa are looking for any producers that have magazine programs running at the moment to cover the opening night for their shows. Please get in touch with Nhlanhla Ndaba for further information: +27 (0) 83 374 5666

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