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.
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.
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.