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Runtime:
60 minutes

Director(s):
Nerina Penzhorn

Production Year
2012

Type
Feature

Genre
Documentary

"An engaging positive portrait of gay adoption." — Arja Salafranca

"Waited For empowers the social messages and hopeful outlooks with genuine feeling." — David William Upton, So So Gay

Waited For interweaves three stories of South African lesbians who adopt across racial lines. Through their stories we see the progress that has been made in post-apartheid 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.

Inter-racial couple Kelly and Leigh-Ann embark on the journey to adopt a baby. For a year they let old fashioned socialcrats vet their house, relationship and cultural sensitivities, and wait for the phone to ring. New Zealander Pip and South African Lee have two adopted daughters that have introduced more pink in to their lives than they were anticipating. Pip would like to eventually move back to New Zealand, but Lee is adamant that the girls need to grow up in Africa. Single mother, builder and recovering addict Paula hopes that the multiracial environment in which she has raised her 2-year old will be sufficient preparation for his life in a prejudiced society.

Gentle and thoughtful, personal, yet quietly political, the film plots the various stages of the adoption process, and the mothers discuss their fears, joys, frustrations and expectations of adoptive motherhood in "post-race" South Africa.

"The warm humour and love that is shown by the families portrayed in this documentary is a testament to the progress being made in a country which is still undergoing a state of flux, and it makes for joyous watching and a reminder of why South Africa is known as the 'rainbow nation'." — The List

"A plea for tolerance and understanding, confronting some of South African society’s deep-seated prejudices head on, this documentary shows the genre being used in its most engaging and captivating way." — Lizelle Bisschoff, Reel Scotland

"The warm humour and love that is shown by the families portrayed in this documentary is a testament to the progress being made in a country which is still undergoing a state of flux, and it makes for joyous watching and a reminder of why South Africa is known as the 'rainbow nation'."

- The List

"A plea for tolerance and understanding, confronting some of South African society's deep-seated prejudices head on, this documentary shows the genre being used in its most engaging and captivating way."

- Lizelle Bisschoff, Reel Scotland

Waited For



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