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The Men Who Speak Gayle

Searching for one of the last people to speak Gayle - a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid.

Documentary 2020 11 mins Not rated

Overview

Young drag performer Nathan is one of the last people to speak Gayle - a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid. He finds out about Louis, an original Gayle speaker living in a conservative desert town in South Africa and wants to put on a performance with him. These men, two generations apart and from different cultural and racial backgrounds have never met - and have no idea how the town will react.

One of three new short films commissioned by BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, the British Council, and BFI NETWORK as part of the More Films for Freedom programme, a continuation of the #FiveFilmsForFreedom digital campaign.