Antoinette, Linda, Zandi and Shameena. Four young women, who grew up in four radically different worlds, explore one topic: their sexuality. Through a series of sensitively dramatised, though sometimes disturbing interviews they recount pivotal moments of trauma and ecstasy in their sexual development. Along the way - interspersed with street takes of teens airing their views on sex - taboo subjects such as abuse, child masturbation and HIV, disclosure are addressed with refreshing candour. What makes their stories more compelling is the absence of victimhood and finger pointing: these women have the courage to confront the dark side and celebrate the joy of sex. An inspiring affirmation of one of the most powerful forces at work in the human race.
Kali van der Merwe
Kali van der Merwe graduated in Fine Arts with honours from the University of Cape Town. Her film career began in Berlin (1993-95), where she experimented with image and sound. In 1996 she co-founded Other-Wise Media with Youth, an organisation producing educational media and teaching media skills to marginalised young people. Her first documentary, IDUMA ELINGOPLYO (1997), which she co-produced and co-directed, about children and young people living on the streets of Cape Town, won second prize in the Best Foreign Film category at the Adriatico Cinema, Rimini, and was screened at film festivals in Europe and Japan. A photo and video exhibition based on this work was organised by the City of Turin in 1997 as part of the cultural festival Identità e Differenza. Her productions include THE BOTTOM LINE, a documentary about excessive profiteering by multinational companies from AIDS drugs, commissioned by RAI Tre and broadcast in 2000.