Difficult Love with Not A Man In Sight

Sunday, May 20, 2012 @1:30pm

From the southern tip of Africa and the northern tip of Europe, here are two very different
perspectives on contemporary lesbian life.

Difficult Love portrays photographer Zanele Muholi, whose work explores the multilayered
stories of black South African lesbians. Though South Africa’s 1996
constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination against gays
and lesbians, the legacy of apartheid and long-ingrained homophobia and
sexism continue to create a challenging environment for black lesbians.
Muholi’s breathtaking images document not only the hardships some
lesbians face, but also capture the tenderness, love and beauty of her
community. Her subjects, many of whom appear in the film, range from
urban professionals and academics to a homeless lesbian couple living
under a bridge.

Not a Man in Sight looks at three generations of lesbians in Norway.
Director Mette Aakerholm Gardell and her wife, Stina, are wanting to have a child, which
prompts Mette’s search for a new understanding of what “lesbian” means. Martine is 24 and
wants to be seen as “just a normal masculine human being.” She feels like a heterosexual
boy as she’s falling in love with a lesbian. Marja and Bodil, a couple both in their 70s, are
from the first generation of lesbian/feminist activists, now dealing with aging and health
issues together and dreaming of skinnydipping on Lesbos.

Difficult Love: Dirs Zanele Muholi & Peter Goldsmid 2010 South Africa 47 min.
Not a Man in Sight: Dir Mette Aakerholm Gardell 2011 Norway 48 min.

Community Partners: OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, Cascade Festival of African Films, In Other Words Feminist Community Center