Price: $210.00

    Code: 2249

    Directed by Lovinsa Kavuma
    2006, 27 Minutes
    Purchase: $210 Classroom Rental: $125

    Every twenty-nine seconds a woman is raped in South Africa.

    This powerful documentary offers a fascinating and moving insight into the lives of South Africa's black lesbians who, raped because of their sexuality, refuse to become victims.

    Set in Johannesburg and its surrounding townships, the film interweaves the experiences of four women, victims of rape, as they prepare for an annual Gay Pride celebration. With courage and a remarkable resilience, they describe the immense prejudices they have had to endure in their townships. They share the disturbing details of their attacks, and discuss how this horrible crime, intended to teach them to "act like women", exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS, and often goes ignored by the authorities. These four courageous women - Keba, Bathini, Mary, and Buhle - also discuss how they have embraced their identity since their attacks and decided to publicly speak out against this hate crime.

    Rape For Who I Am is a refreshing, honest and unapologetic portrayal of African women. It also shatters all preconceptions of homosexuality in Africa.

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    Festivals & Awards

    * Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2006
    * Winner, Audience Award, Commonwealth Film Festival, 2006
    * Winner, Best Short Film, Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 2006
    * Winner, Best Documentary, Hollyshorts Film Festival, 2006
    * Official Selection, Frameline International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 2006
    * Official Selection, NewFest, New York, 2006
    * Official Selection, Barcelona International Women’s Film festival, 2006
    * Official Selection, London International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2006
    * Official Selection, South African International Documentary Festival, 2006


    “[Three-and-a-half Stars] Rape for Who I Am is a riveting portrait of the fight for safety and respect among a group who still see no end to discrimination. Highly recommended!” - Video Librarian

    “Outstanding!” – Indiewire

    Rape for Who I Am is recommended for its strong message and for its professional delivery and production quality…. Could be used within a variety of curricula.” - Educational Media Reviews Online