Rape for Who I Am and Angels in the Dust_lowres


After the interruptions of hurricane season, the New Orleans Afrikan Film Festival returns to its regular schedule with two documentaries from South Africa. Rape for Who I Am is a 30-minute documentary (pictured) about the oppression of black lesbians, who brave the country's cultural taboos against homosexuality to take a stand against brutal crimes. Director Lovinsa Kavuma's film interviews women who are organizing a first-time presence in Johannesburg's Pride parade, which is a mostly white event and looks similar to New Orleans' own Southern Decadence parade. The black women are marginalized in their own community, where it is a common belief that homosexuality is a white affliction. South Africa's constitution prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, but the reality of life in the townships is another story, and the women are specifically targeted for assault, including by men they know, because of the suspicion of lesbianism. In spite of the narrow focus, the film offers an interesting perspective about the complicated intersections of race, class and sexual stigma in a changing society. Also screening is Angels in the Dust, Louise Hogarth's documentary about Marion Cloete, a wealthy therapist, who created a small village in which to raise several hundred orphaned children and provide a sense of community and hope free of violence. Jean Montes' chamber music group Molto will perform before the films. Both filmmakers will attend. Angels in the Dust will also screen outdoors at the Porch on Friday. Free admission. — Will Coviello

7 p.m. Thu., Oct. 2

The Prytania, 5339 Prytania St., 202-6459; www.neworleansafrikanfilmfest.org

8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 3

The Porch, 1943 Pauger St.; www.ny2no.net/theporch