Darling: The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story
Sunday, January 23, 11:30 am

Born in Cape Town in 1945, Pieter-Dirk Uys has been a fixture in the South African theatre since the mid-1960s.  DARLING chronicles Uys’ presentations of a free AIDS-awareness entertainment called “For Facts Sake” to one million students at over 500 schools across South Africa.  The film shows both his current AIDS awareness programmes and his satirical work during the struggle against apartheid.  DARLING, part biography, part satire, part HIV-Aids educational, is always funny, stark and challenging.  Uys was awarded South Africa’s prestigious Truth and Reconciliation Award in 2001. Closely associated with both the Space Theatre in Cape Town and Johannesburg Market Theatre during the 1970s and 1980s, Peter-Dirk Uys has written and performed 20 plays and over 30 revues and one-man shows throughout South Africa and abroad.

Official website
Director: Julian Shaw
Country: Australia / South
Language: English
Runtime: 48 minutes

Parental Guidance – Course Language; Sexual Content

Berlin International Film Festival 2nd place – Panorama Audience Award 2008
Lisbon International GLBT Festival – Winner Best Documentary 2008
Australian Independent Film/ New Zealand Documentary Film Festival – Won 2007



Thembi - effervescent, beautiful, confident, brave, eloquent, ambitious, and HIV positive. Her humour, forthright nature and inner strength enchanted a 50 million strong audience on US National Public Radio and forced people far and wide, humble and famous to listen to her sound logic as the voice of a generation  South Africa’s politicians had forsaken.  The film documents her daily life in Khayelitsha (a township just outside Cape Town) and the physical, social and emotional struggle of living with HIV. Thembi finds, somehow, joy and hope in the midst of darkness and despair. This is Thembi’s story!

Official website
Director: Jo Menell
Country: South Africa
Language: English, Xhosa with English Subtitles
Runtime: 52 Minutes

Parental Guidance – Course Language

South African International Documentary Film Festival – Joint winner: Best Audience Award for a South African Film 2010

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