While You Weren’t Looking

Director: Catherine Stewart
Country: South Africa
Year: 2015
Running Time: 104 min.
Language: English, Xhosa and Afrikaans with English subtitles


The changing landscape of post-Apartheid South African politics and lifestyles is portrayed through two central relationships: a successful black real estate woman who is cheating on her white wife, and their bohemian daughter dating a gender non-confirming woman in the Khayelitsha township.

About the Director

Catherine Stewart

Biography: Catherine Stewart attended Columbia University’s MFA Film Program and worked for Tristar/Columbia’s Feature Film Development Office in New York before returning to South Africa in 1993. In Johannesburg, she lectured at Wits University in screenwriting and directing documentaries for SABC.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  
A Woman’s Place (2000);
While You Weren’t Looking (2016).

A Woman’s Place (1998):
Transit Cafe (2001);
Home Affairs (2005);
Shreds and Dreams (2010);
While You Weren’t Looking (2015).