Left Hand Films is in production on a documentary on performance art duo, FAKA. This film will reflect the collision of the first and third world aesthetic of black queer lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. It will be shot in “cinema verite” style and include the “folie a deux” that is the work of FAKA, pushing boundaries within a heteronormative, conservative South Africa.
While we have one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, the reality is that there are very few safe spaces for people who don’t conform to the patriarchal norm. FAKA’s work is cutting edge and oftentimes, shocking. This film lends itself, because of the nature of the subject matter, to a gritty urban queer aesthetic, which is both real and at the same time, a manufactured aesthetic as Byuani Duma and Thato Ramaisa morph into their alter egos, Desire Marea and Fela Gucci for one of their performances.
Work in Progress
“We feel that there is a lack of a wide and true representation of queer voices in popular media. Our voices are never given the platform to be expressed by us hence we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do this.”
(FAKA: (n) isiZulu – “to occupy, to penetrate”)