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27 August 2009

Documentary Films at Out in Africa Film Festival

Out in Africa South African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009 presents the following documentary films:

Chris and Don

Dirs: Guido Santi & Tina Mascara USA 2007 90min

When, in his late forties, upper class English world-renowned literary light Christopher Isherwood (Cabaret was based on his book Goodbye to Berlin) took up with fresh-faced 18-year-old Californian Don Bachardy many, even people celebrated for their liberal attitude, were shocked. Their love, however persisted, against expectation and the class and experience divide, to last 34 years until Isherwood’s death in 1986. The film truthfully explores the chronological progression of their relationship, revealing the ups and downs, the infidelities, as well as the character negotiations and unconscious imitation that happens in most marriages of this length. Told with poise and compassion through interviews, and using extraordinary archival footage and home movies that reveal Hollywood in its heyday, this gentle and beguiling film relates the depths of their enduring love.

NOMINATIONS: GLAAD Media Award 2009 - Oustanding Documentary; Gotham Awards 2008 - Best Documentary.

JHB Fri 4th / 7pm Mon 7th / 7.15pm Sat 12th / 6.15pm

Fig Trees

Dir: John Greyson Canada 2009 104min

A contemporary documentary / opera based on the activist lives of Zackie Achmat and Canadian Tim McCaskell, Greyson’s intense magnus opus is experimental theatre at its most formidable. Greyson’s film, with music by David Wall, takes a Derek Jarman-esque look at the history of the anti-retroviral wars. He borrows Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson (who together created the avant-garde opera Four Saints in Three Acts in 1934) and has them attempt to create a new opera around the lives of these two latter-day ‘saints’. The Victorian duo hunt for Achmat and McCaskell, tripping happily through genres, time, musical forms and cinematic devices, only to be ultimately confounded when neither Achmat nor McCaskell deign to do like all good saints and die. The tone is irreverent, even as the message and history of antiretroviral politics (through peppered interviews) is deadly serious. Indeed, the film will be remembered as much for its visual richness - the arresting montage, photography and use of text in shot - as for the music and story.

AWARDS: Berlin International Film Festival 2009 Teddy Award - Best Documentary

Toronto Inside Out L&G Film & Video Festival 2009 - Best Canadian Film/Video

* Greyson is a guest of the Festival, courtesy of the Canadian High Commission. He will conduct Q&As after screenings in Jozi and in CT.

JHB Sat 5th / 9pm + GUEST Wed 9th / 8.30pm + GUEST Fri 11th / 9pm

The Out in Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival takes place in:

Johannesburg : 03-13 Sept 2009 at Nu Metro Cinemas - Monte Casino

Cape Town : 10-20 Sept 2009 at Nu Metro Cinemas- V&A Waterfront

Ticket Prices: R36.00
Book online at or call 086 11 00 220
Out in Africa may be contacted on 021 461 4027 or via email

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