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.