While You Weren't Looking
South Africa, 2015, 76 minutes, HD
While You Weren't Looking Synopsis

A bristling exploration of inter-generational lesbian relationships in post-Apartheid South Africa, 'While You Weren't Looking' mixes intriguing storylines with refreshing performances, breaking exciting new ground in new queer cinema.


Dez and Terri, a mixed-race couple married 20 years and adoptive parents, are the trailblazing lesbians of the New South Africa. But have these freedoms guaranteed them happiness? Asanda, their 18 year old adopted daughter, is the poster child for South Africa’s diversity but describes herself as “an experiment”, being made up as she goes along. She meets Shado, an enigmatic Tommy Boy from Khayalitsha, a township on the edge of Cape Town, and a different picture of the New South Africa emerges.

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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
Intriguing, compelling and engaging to watch! This film from South Africa amazes me because it just goes to show that there is so much talent from this country in terms... more
Intriguing, compelling and engaging to watch! This film from South Africa amazes me because it just goes to show that there is so much talent from this country in terms of film making and acting.  The story revolves around a lesbian couple but also between their adoptive daughter Asanda and Shando, the tommy boy she befriended.  The lectures of a professor which can be seen a few times throughout the film  was informative and educational and aims to shed light on lesbianism and issues surrounding it. The acting performances are superb and all the lead characters did their part to develop their character and in how they interacted with the rest of the cast.  An impressive film from director Catherine Stewart!  
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
An interesting South African film that intends to bring light to issues like lesbianism and lesbian marriages in the African context. It also tries to delve on these issues in... more
An interesting South African film that intends to bring light to issues like lesbianism and lesbian marriages in the African context. It also tries to delve on these issues in the eyes of the adopted daughter Asanda, who ultimately falls for tommy boy Shado. However, while  issues may be subtly tackled upon the saving grace would be the impressive performances of the actors. Petronella Tshuma as Asanda was particularly stellar and spontaneous in her portrayal of the character and Thishiwe Ziqubu as Shado was similarly outstanding. These young and up and coming actors have already received acting award at their young age and for sure will continue to blaze the trail for future fresh and raw acting talents. The lesbian parents of Asanda, Dez and Terri were also commendable and has their stellar acting moment during that confrontation scene surrounding the issue of infidelity. Cinematography generally commendable and with musical scoring that is at par.  Worth checking out!  
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  • I can see a part of myself in Asanda and Shado who have tendencies towards a  rebellious streak!  

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  • I can see a part of myself in Asanda and Shado who have tendencies towards a  rebellious streak!  
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  • gritty characters and a great story, an impressive African gem of a film!

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  • gritty characters and a great story, an impressive African gem of a film!
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  • Great to see more LGBT films coming from SA. :)

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  • Great to see more LGBT films coming from SA. :)
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