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Bessie

Film
Title of the film Original title: Bessie
English title: Bessie
Hungarian title: Bessie

Production and shooting info Country of the production: Denmark - dk
Year of production: from 2005 to 2007
Year of shooting: 2005
Length of the film: 28 min
Colouring: colour
Recording format: film 8 mm
 DV
Original language: English
 xhosa
Language of subtitle: English

Description of the content Bessie lives on the couch at his friend Ronnie’s place, a hangout spot frequented by many gay men in one of Cape Town’s townships. Being black, gay and HIV positive, life is not easy. But Bessie survives, day by day, maintaining his personal strength and integrity through humor, honesty and self-reflection. Throughout the film we follow the unique personality of Bessie, and gain insight into how many people live a life where HIV and AIDS is always present. The film celebrates Bessie’s personal journey and breaks with the more common western portrayal of “third world” people as victims of their life circumstances.

Credits Made by: Calvin Xhalabile
 Rikke Andersen
 Margit Petersen
Producer: Louise Køster
Editor: Erik Bäfving

Company / Institution Production: Pausefilm ApS
Distributor: Pausefilm ApS

Ethnicity and locality Etnic group: Xhosa
Continent: South Africa
Country: South Africa - za
Location
 (City, village, region, mountains, etc.): Cape Town

Tipology Type: non-fiction film
Form: documentary film
Beszédmód: portrait

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Keyword: way of living
 pederasty

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