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Quest for Love (15*) + introduction by Tara Brown

Queer 80s

Two women chat on a boat on a glorious, sunny Mediterranean ocean.

Helena Nogueira’s rarely screened lesbian romance set across South Africa and a thinly-disguised Mozambique, was released two years before the end of Apartheid. 

Alexandra (Jana Cilliers), a political journalist, is released from a South African prison after accusing the government of plotting military intervention in the neighbouring country of Mozania (a thinly-disguised Mozambique). As she waits to reunite with her lover, marine biologist Dorothy (Sandra Prinsloo), she reflects on the last few years, including her relationship and her political awakening. 

Banned in its home country for its anti-Apartheid stance and the lesbian romance at its centre, Quest for Love is fiercely critical of South Africa’s intervention in Angola and Mozambique. While elements of its story have dated, its clear rage against racist government policy is remarkable for a film made in the last years of Apartheid.

Tagged with: Cinema Queer 80s

South Africa 1988 dir Helena Nogueira 94 min 

Please note this film contains scenes of violence some viewers may find distressing. 

We are showing a rare, unrestored digital copy of the film.


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‘It is strange that people start praying when I play the role of a lesbian, but no one complains when I play a murderer.‘
Actor Sandra Prinsloo on Quest for Love

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