Sunday, 6. November 19.00
Lesotho/South Africa/ Germany 2016 I OmE I 35 min
In presence of Teboho Edkins und Sheriff Mothopeng (main protagonist)
“My name is Sheriff now”, he says, “if you want me to come home and visit my home village you have to learn to call me by my name.” Through his film and personal narration, Sheriff talks to his audiences about gender identity and the frustration of being born the ‘wrong’ sex. His spectators react with surprise and curiosity, but also offer remarkable warmth, love and acceptance that ultimately encourage him to make his choice.
Teboho Edkins and his main protagonist Sheriff will be present at the screening.
The supporting screening will be SEBONTA by Thabiso Panthoyakgale & Ellen Phooko (South Africa 2016): A young teenage boy transforms from a homophobic bully into openly exploring homosexuality when he unexpectedly falls in love with Karabo, who is expressive and openly gay. Sebonta is caught up in a dilemma between losing control of his gang who are all homophobic and losing Karabo. He ultimately decides to make his feelings for Karabo known by introducing him to the gang. Things falls apart when the gang shuns Karabo and turn their backs on Sebonta, leaving him humiliated. Tragically, as a result of the repressive forces in a conservative society, Sebonta believes the only way out is suicide.
TEBOHO EDKINS (*1980) grew up in Lesotho and South Africa. He studied art at the University of Cape Town and studied at the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. Since 2004, Edkins is best known for his short films and documentaries about life in South Africa after the end of apartheid.