List of South African Lesbian and Bisexual movies/series.

List of South African Lesbian and Bisexual movies/series.

In no particular order, this list is by no means exhaustive.


uNomalanga and the witch

Director: Palesa Shongwe
Year: 2014
Duration : 27 min

Two women, Nomalanga and Salome played by Mmabatho Monshto and Ferry Jele, form an unlikely friendship. One an outcast and the other a dutiful wife and diligent christian.

Here‘s a review I wrote about it.


The World Unseen

Director: Shamin Sarif
Year: 2007
Duration: 94 minutes

This movie was adapted from Sarif’s novel of the same title. Set in 1950’s Capetown at the onset of apartheid in South Africa, it tells a story of forbidden desire, seemingly insurmountable odds and the triumphant power of love. It stars Sheetal Sheth as Amina, a rebellious woman ahead of her times and Lisa Ray as Miriam, a demure wife and mother of 3 who, with Amina’s encouragement, finds her own voice. Ray, Sheth and Sarif also brought us I Can’t Think Straight


While You Weren’t Looking

Director: Catherine Stewart
Year: 2015
Duration: 1 hour 44 minutes

The film stars Thishiwe Ziqubu as Shado, a street smart lesbian woman from Khayelitsha and Petronella Tshuma as Asanda, a privileged somewhat naive young woman from the suburbs. Asanda also happens to have two lesbian moms. It juxtaposes Shado and Asanda’s different worlds in the new South Africa as they meet and fall for each other.


Sina Nomakotshana (Dance with the maiden)

Writer/Director – Thishiwe Ziqubu
Director of Photography – Gaopie Kabe
Year: 2016
Duration: 24 minutes 

While training for her traditional Zulu initiation, a young woman falls in love with her dance partner. Starring Zikhona Bali, Mandisa Nduna, Nolwazi Shange & Simo Magwaza

Winner of Best SA Short Film at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.



Director: Vincent Moloi
Series: 2 seasons
Year: 2007-2010

Society 2

Commissioned by SABC, the first season has 4 episodes that an hour in length followed by, after positive reception, 26 episodes in the second season which are 30 minutes long each. It stars Zandile MsutwanaSamantha TyelbooiLali Dangazele and Sibulele Gcilitshana as Akua, Lois, Innocentia and Beth respectively. Beth is the reason the series is on this list, she is a closeted lesbian living with her girlfriend, we see the toll her refusal to be out has on their relationship. The four friends are reunited by the death by suicide of their friend after many years and while assisting her mother to arrange the funeral, create a Society. It goes on to explore their lives and loves in Johannesburg. Society Puo Pha’s first television production.

If you know of any others, please leave them in the comments below.