Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story

2007, Art and Artists  -  54 min Leave a Comment
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Controversial South African political satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys allows writer/director Julian Shaw into his previously off-limits inner world.

The result is a startling document of Pieter's work educating school children about their country's greatest threat, HIV/AIDS, and an unforgettable portrait of the power of individual will.

Entertainer, female impersonator, political satirist and sex educator: Peter-Dirk Uys is a man of many faces. A hero to thousands of South African children — and friend to Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela — he is also somewhat of an enigma.

Believing that he can help to prevent South Africa’s teenagers from joining the ranks of the estimated 5.5 million citizens with the virus, Uys travels the country wowing students of all backgrounds, flagrantly raising the most taboo subjects.

Shaw was so taken by the man that he took it upon himself to make a film about a fearless man with a mission — and a mandate.