South African Feature Film – “While You Weren’t Looking” shines spotlight on homosexuality

Julian CleophasSeptember 14, 20154min30

What happens to an adolescent discovering they attracted to the same sex? To make circumstances more complex, what is it like to be an interracial homosexual couple in South Africa? Well, allow South African feature film “While You Weren’t Looking” produced by Out in Africa, to demystify some perceptions you may have with regard to homosexuals and their experiences through the eyes of one family.“While You Weren’t Looking” directed by Catherine Stewart, follows the shaky marriage of a mixed raced lesbian couple and their daughter Asanda’s new found discovery of being a lesbian. The film shot on location in Cape Town, highlights South African issues like race, gender, identity, class and sexuality through the eyes of one homosexual family. “While You Weren’t Looking” won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Pink Apple Film Festival 2015,  and recently screened at the Durban International Film Festival 2015. Check out the official trailer below…


Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa, who seem to have it all. When a wedding anniversary gift goes very wrong, cracks begin to show. They must now learn to cope with their own hypocrisies and secrets, which threaten to destroy the seemingly perfect world they’ve crafted. 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.

Film Cast: Fezile Mpela, Lionel Newton, Sandi Schultz, Camilla Lilly Waldman, Petronella Tshuma, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Terence Bridgett, Jill Levenberg, Tina Jaxa

Director: Catherine Stewart

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