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2015-06-25 14:46

THE fifth annual Durban Gay andamp; Lesbian Film Festival will be taking place from today to Friday, June 26 at the KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood. The event is a partner of Durban Pride Week with the main parade happening on Saturday, June 27.

A key part of eThekwini’s pink celebrations, the festival includes free morning public workshops and lunchtime screenings, afternoon filmmaker workshops and evening screenings.

Tickets range from R30 and there are special package rates available.

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).

Also on the programme are the powerful documentaries Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride (2009) and Positive Youth (2013).

“Charlie is a great supporter of the DGLFF with his well received film Judas Kiss opening the inaugural DGLFF in 2011,” said Jason Fiddler, director of the festival.

“We look forward to having him as a guest of this year’s festival thanks to the support of the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria. Charlie will also be conducting some 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 be sharing their new film, Lost In the White City with Durban audiences.

It stars 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.

Other films to look forward to include:

• A Reunion about 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, a drama that focuses on the growing romance of two guys during student uprisings that pit love and principles against ideology.

“We are also proud to announce the world premiere of a brand new South African lesbian drama, My Name Is Rose/Imbali, a story of forced marriage, African tradition and newly discovered love between two young African women coming to terms with a patriarchal society,” said Fiddler.

The film will screen tomorrow at 7 pm. For more on the film, see the accompanying story.

In addition to the feature films there are more than a dozen international short films and documentaries on offer during the eight-day festival.

The full schedule can be seen at and you can like the Facebook page: DGLFF to keep up to date with the festival.

MY Names is Rose/Imbali has been a labour of love for its creators Mlungisi Msomi, who wrote, directed and produced the film, and Sekara Mafisa, the co-producer.

Speaking to The Witness about the film, which is having its world premiere at the Durban Gay andamp; Lesbian Film Festival, Mafisa said: “We decided to make the movie because of the challenges we have faced in society. It draws on all our experiences.”

My Name is Rose/Imbali centres on a young woman named Rose, who chooses to leave her home for the city when her father agrees to give her hand in marriage to the chief for a neighbouring village.

In Durban, Rose meets Thembelihle, a woman who helps her to realise her sexuality. Ultimately, however, she cannot escape her fate and is married to the chief. Thembelihle, meanwhile, is accepted into the royal house as a servant, giving her and Rose the chance to explore their relationship.

The film shows how women live and fight their feelings when culture, beliefs and customs are involved.

Mafisa said they were hoping to screen the movie in Nongoma, where it was filmed.

My Name Is Rose/Imbali stars Enoch Mnguni, Slindile Dlamini and Zenele Mazibuko

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