True love knows no gender

Writer and director of Feminine Lotus, Raymond Motadi
Writer and director of Feminine Lotus, Raymond Motadi

As many celebrate pride month in various ways, Raymond Motadi, also known as Mon_D THE GAY SUPERHERO, has written and directed a short film paying tribute to the movement. Feminine Lotus premieres on SABC1 on 10 June at 7.30pm.

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What is Feminine Lotus about?

It’s about a depressed transgender woman who is trying to find her place in the world. When she is jolted by the idea of love,  she must go on a journey of self-love.  

What inspired it?

I’ve been an activist for many years. While in varsity, I was pushing my movement called Rainboukidz, that was about LGBTIQ+ peer-to-peer education. The film is a fictional story that was inspired by Apryl Tshabalala, a friend I met through Rainboukidz. 

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What was the creation process like?

The short film is part of a writer’s competition that I had entered with nine others. We only had three days to put it together, and faced many challenges. This wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Asi-B Films, my director Kgosana Monchusi, as well as the cast and crew.

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What does the film mean for you? 

A fresh start. I spent two years trying to create it, and many other shows. This is my big break into the industry as a young writer, TV and film producer. This film also means the opportunity to open doors for other queer creators. I’m very passionate about telling stories; I’m fearless, and believe that LGBTIQ+ rights are human rights, too.

What message do you hope to get across to your viewers?

I hope the film reaches people who have been made to feel like they don’t belong. I hope they realise that they’re not alone. I hope it touches them in a positive way, and that they can deduce the human story from this film. 

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Describe the film in three words.

Fearless, enthralling and Love.