Out In Africa

Sun, June 1, 3pm

In the 1980s, one of the most outspoken critics of South Africa’s apartheid regime was an unlikely character named Mrs. Evita Bezuidenhout. Dubbed “the most famous white woman in South Africa,” Mrs. Bezuidenhout was actually the alter ego of highly acclaimed male political satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys. As “Evita,” Pieter-Dirk was able to use his drag persona as a powerful comedic weapon against racial injustice. In recent years Pieter-Dirk/Evita has continued his theatrical activism as a fierce opponent of the South African government’s AIDS policies.

Counting among his close friends both Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu, Pieter-Dirk Uys is also a hero to thousands of South African children who have grown to love him as an eccentric and hilarious AIDS educator who often gets away with saying the most outrageous things to try to save young people from infection.

In 7 Years Dutch filmmaker Bram Vergeer opens an extraordinary window onto the lives of lesbians and gays in Kenya, where homosexuality is punishable with seven years imprisonment. Remarkably candid interviews address how some gays and lesbians manage to live their lives in a hostile environment.