DURBAN PRIDE will be hosting two fundraising events at the KZNSA Gallery. On Tuesday 26 June three sets of screenings (17:30; 19:15; 21:15) will tackle a range of LGBTI issues and communities, including the powerful documentary “Beyond Gay: The Politics

  • 27 June 2012
  • General

R30 per ticket!

MILIND SOMAN MADE ME GAY (2007, USA, 27min) is a conceptual documentary about desire and notions of 'home'You should meet my sonand'belonging'. The film employs a unique mix of visual elements along with voice over narration to juxtapose memories of the filmmaker's past against stories of three gay South Asian men living in the diaspora. Overshadowing these nostalgic explorations of life 'back home,' are harsh realities of homophobia and racism in America and an on-going struggle to find a place of belonging.

RITES OF PASSAGE (2012 / USA / 23min) brings to the forefront an issue of human rights by telling the story of a devout Muslim transgender who endures family and religious persecution to become who she truly is. The film follows Maya as she undergoes sexual reassignment surgery as she struggles to maintain her faith despite persecution from her orthodox Muslim family and religion. Shot against the colorful backdrop of Bangkok, in February 2011, the film documents Maya's story before, leading up to her procedure, ending when the doors to the operation room close.

YOU CAN'T CURRY LOVE ( 2012 / UK/India / 24min) is a short film in which a handsome South Asian gay guy from London visits India, falls for a local man, meets a transgendered "hijra", and discovers a country he only thought he knew. A touching, funny and delightful romantic comedy.

**This film won the Jury Award for Best Short Film at the 2012 Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival**




I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE (2012 / USA / 5min) precedes the main screening; in a slam-poetry style with striking interviewstyle, a variety of LGBTI people speak out against homophobia in modern America - this message will resonate with many a South African.

BEYOND GAY: THE POLITICS OF PRIDE (2009 / Canada / 93min) is a feature length documentary that follows the Vancouver Pride Society's (VPS) Parade Director Ken Coolen and his VPS colleagues as they travel to places where Pride is still steeped in protest to personally experience the rampant homophobia that still exists. They also travel to Sao Paulo Brazil for the world's largest gay parade and New York City, the birthplace of the modern gay liberation movement. Increasingly the Pride movement is globalizing. Coolen and many Pride organizers in North America and Europe, where celebration has overtaken political action, strive to remind their communities that Pride is at its heart a global fight for human rights.





YOU SHOULD MEET MY SON (2010 / USA / 85min) is a comedy about a conservative Southern mom who discovers that her only son is gay. Determined that he won't go through life alone, she sets out to find him a husband, meeting an array of warm, friendly and sexy gay characters along the way.

**This film won the Audience Award for Best Comedy at the 2012 Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival**

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Pride Theatre Night
21h00, Wednesday 27 June 2012

"Moving, affirmative and cathartic piece" - artSMart

High Heels With Balls is a 45 minute play written and directed by DUT drama graduate Thabiso Radebe. It is about a young gay male prostitute trapped in the struggle of his identity and sexuality.

Not being able to understand his purpose in society, he has lost a sense of belonging and he is questioning whether he will ever escape the trauma of not being accepted.

This play is message-driven while it is also touching and heavily emotional, surrounding questions of homosexuality and human rights.

This is a Durban Pride 2012 fundraiser and tickets will cost R20 each. A cash bar will be available along with secure parking. Doors open at 20h00 and the play begins at 21h00.

Please note that this play contains scenes with nudity and mature themes - audience discretion is advised.

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