It’s presented by the Tirisano Centre and the Landscapes of Cinema and Antiquity Project, in collaboration with the College of Law; SAfAIDS; and the Institute for Gender Studies.

The screenings will be accompanied by a seminar on media as advocacy as well as panel discussions which will include the following relevant topics: changing representations of gender and sexual diversity in film; legal perspectives on LGBTQIA identities; and health issues (these are scheduled for 26 November).

The programme will include an “open space” where students and scholars alike can discuss personal issues of sex and gender in a safe “space”.

The films being screened include: Kinky Boots; Dallas Buyers Club; The World Unseen; Transamerica; Reaching Out (documentary); Difficult Love (documentary); and Imagine Me & You.

These films showcase transgender; HIV/AIDS; domestic violence; asexuality; queer sexuality; and, lesbian love among their many themes; all through different genres from biopics to comedy to drama.

The ultimate aim of this film festival, the very first of its kind at Unisa, is to infuse an open dialogue of gender and identity diversity, as well as health issues, into the workplace and academic and student community.

Dates: 24 to 26 November, 2014
Venue: Bamboo Auditorium, Unisa’s Kgorong Building
Cost of ticket: R5-00 (The screening of the films is free of charge. The ticket covers one free beverage and one packet of popcorn per show.)

09:15 – 11:15: Reaching Out and Difficult Love (documentaries)
11:30 – 13:00 Reaching Out (a 7 min documentary) and Transamerica
13:45 – 15:45 Reaching Out (a 7 min documentary) and The World Unseen

09:15 – 11:15 Reaching Out (a 7 min documentary) and Imagine Me & You
11:30 – 13:00 Reaching Out (a 7 min documentary) and Kinky Boots
13:45 – 15:45 Reaching Out (a 7 min documentary) and Dallas Buyers Club

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and introductions
09:10 – 09:40 Beschara Karam & Mark Kirby-Hirst: Contexualising the role of the media as advocacy towards gender and sexual diversity

Panel Discussion with guest speakers
09:40 – 09:50 SAfAIDS
09:50 – 10:00 Institute of Gender Studies
10:00 – 10:10 Legal/Human Rights
10:10 – 10:20 Tirisano Centre
10:20 – 11:20 Open Dialogue
11:20 – 11:30 Closure and Thanks
12:00 – 14:00 “Open space”: an informal discussion on LGBTI issues

For more information, please e-mail naudesw@unisa.ac.za or phalamt@unisa.ac.za.