The story of intersex activist Funeke Soldaat, raised as a girl in the rural Eastern Cape before heading to Cape Town in the 1990s to seek her own liberation. Today she is one of Khayelitsha’s strongest voices, heading up the Free Gender movement, flying in the face of prevailing opinion that gay is un-African. Her precarious predicament, as well as her journey, echoes the story of many black lesbians today. Written and narrated by radio personality Lisa Chiat with an appearance by author Derrick Fine.
Second in the I am Woman series highlighting singular women making a difference, Roderick’s film homes in on Judith Kotzé, convener of the IAM Inclusive and Affirming Ministries, as she charts her journey from small town Afrikaans dorp to leader of a gay-inclusive support collective in Cape Town. Twin to a lesbian sister, her battles were many – to accept her own sexuality, her gender fight to study and become a minister, her particular relationship with God, her family, the church and her multiple communities. Rich, layered, must-see viewing and a festival highlight.
Courtesy of Plexus Films and SABC 3 Religion.