Waited For is a feature documentary that interweaves three stories of South African lesbians who adopt across racial lines. Such families are a new phenomenon in this young democracy that until 1994 was ruled by Apartheid policies. Through their stories we see the progress that has been made in South Africa, but also the difficulties that families face when they challenge the traditional hierarchies of race and heterosexism that are still deeply entrenched in the South African psyche.
Nerina Penzhorn was raised in South Africa and received her B.A. from the University of Cape Town after which she moved to California. In Los Angeles she worked for OUTFEST, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and started her career in television and film. Nerina has produced segments for In The Life Television and Current TV. She also produces videos for non-profit organizations and is both a teacher and graduate student at The New School in New York City. Nerina's short films have played at various film festivals worldwide. She was delighted to go back to South Africa to make her first feature documentary, Waited For.
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