Ludwig Wagner (UCL) - 2020-21 Students

Queer South African Cinemas: A Critical Analysis

Rather than celebrate their freedoms, South African queer filmmakers and their films instead have to contend with religious and cultural opposition, censorship and public persecution. Whether examining themes at the forefront of public discourse—sexual violence, crime and toxic masculinity; or exposing past shames—military torture, state-sanctioned child abuse, queer films place subjects which few want to engage with under a spotlight. My research is to investigate how queer South African films have prompted a cinematic revolution by confronting and exposing South Africa’s blindspots.

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