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Rape for Who I Am (2006)

Insights into the lives of South Africa's black lesbians.


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Insights into the lives of South Africa's black lesbians.

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Documentary | Short





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January 2006 (USA)  »

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A compelling film that examines hate crimes
24 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

It is said every 29 seconds in South Africa a woman is raped. This short documentary film about an African Lesbian who gets raped and then attempts to find justice through the seemingly corrupt legal system of South African is nothing short of astonishing. The film is brilliantly shot and the storytelling is intriguing. I saw this film on the Sundance website. It was outstanding. The film explores how black Lesbians in South Africa are abused and raped because of their sexual orientation. It's not only straight men who commit hate crimes against them, but gay men and lesbians rape and abuse them too, exposing them to the HIV virus. Director Lovinsa Kavuma delves into an unknown world that sucks you right in and keeps you wanting more. Ironically, the film has a way of keeping the material light in a way that gives one hope justice will one day be served. It had a feel-good ending that wasn't preachy, but in an odd way, hopeful. Subtitled interviews makes it easy to watch and understand the heavy accents. The film underscores how tragic life can be when people are abused by those they love, and how discrimination against people due to their sexual orientation exists everywhere. I should also note the film's narration is very well written.

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