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Breaking Out of the Box: Stories of Black South African Lesbians

08 August 2012
12:15 - 14:00

Human and Social Development

Date : 08 August 2012

Time : 12:15 – 14:00

In the context of Women’s Month, the film, Breaking Out of the Box by Busi Kheswa and Zethu Matebeni (2011) will be screened on the 8 August 2012.  The inspiration for the title of this film is Buhli Msibi’s poem ‘’I Break the Boxes”. This wide-ranging, touching, often funny documentary highlights the lives of black lesbians in South Africa. By telling the tales of six high profile women, the sheer breadth of experience in the black lesbian community is revealed, the profiled women all having redefined their set parameters in one way or another. One of the filmmakers, Zethu Matebeni, and panellists, Desiree Lewis and Adam Haupt will respond to the film and deal with the themes of women, sexuality, resistance and being ‘African’.

Zethu Matebeni, PhD is a Researcher at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at UCT.

Desiree Lewis, PhD is an Associate Professor and head of the Women’s and Gender Studies Dept at UWC.

Adam Haupt, PhD is an associate professor in the Centre for Film and Media Studies (University of Cape Town) and is a Mandela Mellon Fellow at the Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research (Harvard University).

View the preview of Breaking Out of the Box on YouTube:

This seminar may be attended via video conference in Pretoria, Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal. Details as below. The speakers will be located in Cape Town. 

Kindly RSVP by 3 Aug 2012

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact Vuyokazi Ngxubaza, Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299, or , Cell: 082 0508453

Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or

Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Happy Solomon, Tel 012 302 2368,