Urban Voices, held in Joburg and Cape Town, is an annual Spoken Word International Festival. This video was produced, directed and narrated by myself for Ditsie Media and Southern African Arts Exchange.
Stacey Anne Chin was the headliner, and really blew everyone away...
SIMON & I is an inspiring, award-winning portrait of black South African gay rights activist Simon Nkoli, who died of AIDS in 1998, and his fellow activist and protÈgÈ, Bev Ditsie.
Chronicling two remarkable decades of activism, their story charts the history of the gay and lesbian liberation movement in South Africa and presents a personal account of the devastating AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Bev unfolds their unique relationship using a mixed format of interviews, archival images and newspaper clips, while speaking honestly about the challenges they faced and the difficult issue of sexism within the gay rights movement.
Their hard work and unyielding determination moved South Africa to become the only country in the world to include sexual orientation in its constitutional Bill of Rights.
An homage to a great figure in the gay and lesbian rights movement, SIMON & I is equally a tribute to an enduring friendship and bond between two remarkable leaders.
Produced by See Thru Media and Steps For The Future. Co-directed by Bev Palesa Ditsie and Nicky Newman. Distributed by Women Make Movies. Dur 52 min.