OIA Director Nodi Murphy with Pieter-Dirk Uys
(Pic: Natasha Quinn)

Iconic performer and playwright Pieter-Dirk Uys opened the 16th Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Johannesburg last night.

The exclusive event, held at Montecasino in Fourways, was attended by many of the city’s most active members in the LGBT community.

Speaking to the guests, Uys hailed festival director and creator Nodi Murphy for her efforts in sustaining the annual event for 16 years.

“Brave Nodi! In the dark old days Nodi showed us things that we never thought we’d see. Nodi gave us hope,” said Uys.

While celebrating the freedoms enjoyed by LGBT people in South Africa today, Uys warned that this should not be taken for granted.

“Here we are in a free society fighting for our freedom tomorrow. This festival is fighting for our freedom to be ourselves,” he said, adding, “It is an affirmation that we are not alone.”

The Spanish movie, Spinnin’ – Six Billion Different People, was screened to the audience as the opening night film.

The Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is on in Johannesburg (Nu Metro Montecasino) until the 13th of September. It also takes place in Cape Town (Nu Metro V&A Waterfront) from 10 to 20 September.

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