I AM SHERIFF
Teboho Edkins | Lesotho, South Africa 2017 | 28 Min. | OmeU
I am Sheriff follows a young man as he travels the mountain kingdom of Lesotho showing his film in remote villages, schools and communities. Sheriff was born with a girl’s body, but as the grandmother in his film recounts, he refused to wear dresses and always wanted to play with the boys.
“My name is Sheriff now”, he says, “if you want me to come home and visit my home village you have to learn to call me by my name.” Through his film and personal narration, Sheriff talks to his audiences about gender identity and the frustration of being born the ‘wrong’ sex. His spectators react with surprise and curiosity, but also offer remarkable warmth, love and acceptance that ultimately encourage him to make his choice.
Teboho Edkins was born in 1980 and grew up in Lesotho, South Africa and also in Germany. He studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, followed by a 2-year post-graduate residency at le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains in France and then a post-graduate film directing program at the dffb film academy in Berlin. He has directed a mix of 10 short and long films to date, which have showed and awarded at over 300 film festivals and museums, such at the Berlinale or the Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou. He currently lives between Berlin and Cape Town.
Main Cast and Crew:
Director: Teboho Edkins
Producer: Don Edkins
Camera: Don Edkins
Editing: Florence Jaquet
Sound design and final mix: Julian Cropp
Production Company: STEPS, South Africa
Co-production: Sesotho Media, Lesotho
- Encounters Film Festival Cape Town/ Johannisburg July 2017
- Jean Rouch Film Festival Paris November 2017
- Beijing Queer Film Festival, November 2017
- Zinegoak, Bilbao LGTBQI Film festival