The Sisterhood # 170

The Sisterhood

14:00, Saturday 15th June, CMB 1&2

rai 170 the-sisterhood

  • Director/Anthropologist: Roger Horn
  • Year of Release: 2010
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Country of Production: South Africa
  • Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Ethnic Group: Cape Coloured
  • Language: English, Afrikaans (English)


Hazendal Wine Estate farmhands Hope, Rollie and Piete are not your typical South African wine workers. Hope aspires to winning the local underground drag queen pageant, Rollie dreams of a husband and retaining the local drag queen crown, and Pietie struggles with his religious upbringing while obsessing over his roses, chickens and pigeons. Theses transgender wine workers confront prejudice at every turn, from their own farming communities, city transgenders and the world at large. Together Hope, Rollie and Piete manage to find the fabulous in the fraught and offer a portrait of triumph in togetherness rather than loneliness in victimization.

Return to the programme >>>


Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival will be held from Thursday 13 June to Sunday 16 June 2013 in Edinburgh, hosted by National Museums Scotland and the STAR consortium. Scottish Training in Anthropological Research (STAR) is a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Over 60 new films will be screened alongside a conference 'New Observations' and a selection of special events and workshop about art & anthropology and the use of archival film.

The RAI Film Festival is held in collaboration with the Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California.

Our Sponsors

The Festival gratefully acknowledges sponsorship from:

UDDA NMS SSGS ED Unversity of Aberdeen StAndrews WILEY