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Friday, June 19, 2015


(A scene from “My Name is Rose”)

The 5th annual Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (DGLFF) will take place from June 18 to 26 at the KZNSA Gallery.

As a partner of the Durban Pride week with the main parade happening on June 27 ( after the closing night, the DGLFF forms a key part of eThekwini’s pink celebrations with free morning public workshops and lunchtime screenings, afternoon filmmaker workshops and evening screenings including feature films, documentaries and short films.

This year sees a retrospective of well-known Canadian gay filmmaker Charlie David's recent films Mulligans (2009), Scenes From A Gay Marriage (2012), More Scenes From A Gay Marriage (2014) and the Pink African Premiere of his latest film Paternity Leave (2015) with Chris Salvatore (Eating Out series) along with powerful documentaries Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride (2009) and Positive Youth (2013).

David is a great supporter of the DGLFF with his well-received film Judas Kiss opening the inaugural DGLFF in 2011. He is a guest of this year's Festival thanks to the support of the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria. He will also conduct filmmaking workshops for emerging LGBTI filmmakers.

Oscar nominated for the documentary Invisible War that saw him win an Emmy, American filmmaker Tanner Barklow and Israeli counterpart Gil Kofman will share their new film Lost In the White City starring Thomas Dekker as a bisexual experimental filmmaker on a soul-searching vacation with his girlfriend in Tel Aviv when a handsome Israeli drives a sexual wedge between them.

Additional films to look forward to are A Reunion (USA/2014), a gay road trip film that brings two estranged friends back together on a journey to attend their alma mater reunion in Chicago whilst confronting a complicated past; and Shadows of Yesterday (Philippines/2014), a drama that focuses on the growing romance of two guys during student uprisings that pit love and principles against ideology.

The Festival will host the world premiere of a new South African lesbian drama, My Name Is Rose, a story of forced marriage, African tradition and newly-discovered love between two young African women coming to terms with a patriarchal society. The film will screen on June 19 at 19h00. Starring Enoch Mnguni, Slindile Dlamini and Zenele Mazibuko, My Name Is Rose looks at the emerging sexuality of a young Zulu princess in rural KZN who flees to Durban to avoid being 'sold' to an older chief for 40 cattle, and in doing so initiates great changes in her world. Filmmakers Mlungisi Msomi and Sekara Mafisa will attend the premiere as guests of the Festival.

In addition, more than a dozen international short films and deeply moving documentaries will be included in the eight-day Festival

The 5th annual Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (DGLFF) will take place from June 18 to 26 at the KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. Tickets R30 for main screenings and special package rates are available - see the website for details.