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DARK & LOVELY, SOFT & FREE

South Africa/Brazil, 2000, Betacam SP – NTSC – 52 minutes
English with Portuguese Subtitles – Copyright: Franmi,
Vidiola, GALA 2000

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Dark and lovely

SYNOPSIS

Zakhi gets in a taxi bus in Johannesburg and travels to small towns in SouthAfrica making contacts in hair saloons. He meets different people and goes to different places. This 4000km-road trip shows us a different kind of homosexuality, away from the mainstream scene known to most of us, but nonetheless with much style, especially when it comes to hair. In this documentary, the focus is on the black man in the townships. The strong presence of the church, of music and of tribal traditions make up interesting characters that interact harmonically with their local communities. It was based on a research done by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of South Africa (GALA) on the effect of the new constitution on the life of gay and lesbian people in small towns. More information and pictures at www.mask.org.za.

REVIEWS

Village Voice – May 01, 2000
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Paulo Alberton and Graeme Reid’s Dark and Lovely, Soft and Free seems too simply intentioned to go off track. But if you’re traversing South Africa to interview hairdressers in the townships, there’s plenty of opportunity for unexpected adventure. Alberton and Reid’s van breaks down; they go to remote areas where subjects decide not to talk. But the innocence of their mission transforms the documentary into a funny and touching evocation of post-apartheid life, the remarkably blasé hairdressers they do contact have found ways to weave themselves into a turbulent society.editor@villagevoice.com

Revista da Folha

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CREDITS

Directing
PAULO ALBERTON
GRAEME REID

Director of Photography
PAULO ALBERTON

Executive Producer
MAX ALVIM

Co-producers
FRANMI
GAY AND LESBIAN ARCHIVES OF SOUTH AFRICA
VIDIOLA

Funders
HIVOS
JOSEPH ROWNTREE CHARITABLE TRUST