While You Weren’t Looking (2015) lesbian film
While You Weren’t Looking is a queer drama written by Vanessa Hermanis and directed by Catherine Stewart. Its original story is set in Cape Town, South Africa. Asanda, an eighteen years old woman, is the mixed-race adopted daughter of a wealthy couple. She meets Shado, a black androgynous woman from the townships of the city. Dez and Terri, the mothers of Asanda, married for years, succumb to infidelity. Mack, a white man, queer professor of photography, finds his childhood sweetheart, Joe, who perfectly embodies the emergence of a black bourgeois class in South Africa. The film follows three striking and destabilizing stories that question identities and confront old ideals with new socioeconomic values in the rainbow nation. The protagonists are gay and lesbian, from all walks of life, whose intertwining tales present a humourous, inventive and dramatic take on contemporary life in the country. Through the eyes and experiences of queer men and women, black, white or métis, cruisy singles, married couples with children, city and township dwellers, apartheid survivors and born frees, professionals and skollies, we can observe the South African contemporary landscape unfold.