Movie • 10 min 15 sec • Drama
Completed Jul 2016
When a promiscuous young gay man experiences extreme hypnagogic dreams in which he re-experiences his corrupted childhood, lost faith, wilted ambition and failed romantic relationships: aspects of his life he believes are linked to his homosexuality, he emerges with new insights that permit him to decipher between false and true love.
African, LGBTQ, Student Film
Hypnagogia’ follows the story of KK, a young gay South African who is transported to the far reaches of his sub-conscious by acute sleep paralysis. Here he is reminded of his failed interpersonal connections through intensely lucid hypnagogic experiences. His strained relationships are stretched even further when he has to choose between love and illusion. His subconscious, together with elements of his immediate physical reality, send KK in search of reconciliation with his tainted childhood, lost faith and outward lack of emotional intelligence. Will he find the acceptance he is in desperate need of?
The purpose of the film, beyond acting as a tool for representing the LGBIT (lesbian gay bisexual intersex and transgender) community, is a story of resilience, discovered in the face of a personal threat to self-actualisation and identity. It is an example of how a foreign view of a personal subject can forge new ground in developing new perspectives while fostering positive social change in its endeavour to humanise the image of the members of the LGBTI community.
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