Under The Rainbow | Documentary Idea
by Etienne Daniels
(Cape Town, South Africa)
This documentary will tell the story of Cape Town and how it treats gay men and women.
In a city that is considered the gay capital of South Africa, it is taken for granted that the country's liberal constitution and progressive attitude towards gay rights and marriage influences its people and changed behaviour.
Cape Town is the premiere destination for exploration of the gay lifestyle with clubs, beaches and restaurants flourishing with sexual diversity and constitutional freedom, yet the city is also home to some of the most vile hate crimes.
In the spring of 2010 the University of Cape Town's RainbowUCT, a lesbian and gay campus organisation, saw their anti-hate display burnt to the ground only hours after its reveal. The death of Zoliswa Nkonyana made headlines when she was killed in 2006 and again, when the four men responsible were sentenced in 2011. Gay men and women still love in secret and only find solice and freedom in gay nightclubs, restaurants and bars in the famous Greenpoint area, also dubbed the Gay Village.
Here, in Greenpoint, man and woman are free to love openly and freely but once they cross Buitengracht street and enter into the city centre, the story changes. With a vast majority of straight nightclubs in Cape Town gay men and women are outnumbered. Open interaction in straight nightclubs, restaurants and bars are dangerous and sometimes, deadly. Move further into the suburbs and to the Cape Flats, and the story only saddens.
The question is this: with its brightly coloured logo, vibrant and beautiful landscapes, how gay-friendly is Cape Town really and do gay men and woman feel safe in the Mother City?
I feel there may be something lacking in this idea, something that will make it stand out, anyone have any ideas to improve this one?