Photo: Zanele Muholi

Sistah Sinema, a monthly moderated movie night focused on queer women of color, will present Difficult Love, a documentary film on the challenges facing South Africa’s black lesbian community. The film focuses on the life and work of “visual activist” and renowned photographer, Zanele Muholi, who also narrates the film.

South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to legalize gay marriage, but being gay in a black South African township can be fatal. Difficult Love provides the opportunity to see and hear Zanele Muholi’s experiences as a same-gender loving woman who was reared in a black South African township. In a culture where homophobia can be met with the pain of intolerance, being ostracized or even “corrective rape,” Muholi fearlessly uses her photography to make South African lesbians more visible in an effort to change perceptions, create dialogue, generate understanding and mainstream the movement for queer rights.

“Sistah Sinema provides the opportunity for Cleveland’s queer women of color to gather safely while affirming who they are and allowing their voices to be expressed, heard and supported. This is important for their psychological health and well being. This group is routinely marginalized in greater Cleveland’s LGBT community. I am so excited to be a part of Sistah Sinema’s growing constituent base in its quest to educate, entertain, inform and affirm queer women of color through the arts,” said Phyllis Harris, Executive Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

Negative Space Gallery. 3820 Superior Avenue East (in Asian Town Center, second floor). Cleveland.

TICKETS are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at

FORMAT: 6:30 P.M. food & fun (potluck style / bring your own beverage). 7:30 P.M. film screening. 8:30 P.M. moderated discussion.

Sistah Sinema is a monthly, moderated movie night showcasing the nuances of queer women of color culture. Events are designed to foster honest dialogue on the struggles and opportunities unique to queer women of color, however all members and allies of the LGBT community are welcome to attend and be part of the discussion.

Sistah Sinema was founded in Seattle, Washington in 2011 and has since launched in San Antonio, Cleveland and most recently Portland (Oregon). Sistah Sinema Cleveland began in June 2012 and its four events to date have included two documentary films on writer/activist, Audre Lorde; a comedy-drama titled Family, and most recently, Pariah, a critically acclaimed film executive produced by Spike Lee. Sistah Sinema Cleveland events have taken place at Arts Collinwood, SPACES Gallery and on November 10, Sistah Sinema debuts at Negative Space Gallery and Studio with a potluck social, followed by the film, Difficult Love and a moderated discussion. Sistah Sinema Cleveland events take place on the second Saturday of each month.

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