Four Rent Boys & a Sangoma

Director: Catherine Muller
Country: South Africa
Year: 2003
Running Time: 47 min
Language: English, Zulu, and Sotho


Provocative and unprecedented, this documentary charts the inner lives of five black South African men who have sex with other men. Set in the townships and streets of Johannesburg, it’s a story of transactional sex, intimate exchanges, lost dreams and doing what it takes to get by.

About the Director

Catherine Muller

Catherine Muller
Catherine Muller lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has worked in television since 1994. She has an M.A. with commendation in Film and Television from the University of Bristol, UK, and an undergraduate degree in photography from the Wits School of Arts.

In the field of factual filmmaking for museums, NGOs and television broadcast, Catherine’s work has included serving as series director on the youth current affairs show, Get Real, awarded the 1999 UNICEF NHK Japan Prize for excellence in depicting youth in difficult circumstances. Catherine also shot and directed Very Fast Guys, a one-hour documentary that chronicled the lives of four gangsters in Sebokeng over the course of a year. The film was made in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) to document some of the factors that lead to young men pursuing lives of violent crime in South Africa. She was producer for Sesame Workshop / Ochre Media on 92 live action films, directing 13 first-of-a-kind films for pre-school children about HIV and AIDS (they addressed coping with loss, healthy living, the universal safety precautions, and stigma). These films appeared on Takalani Sesame (along with animation and Muppet studio segments) and the show has won numerous international awards for promoting tolerance.

– AFF, Inc.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Four Rent Boys and a Sangoma (2004).

Takalani Sesame (2000);
Positive (2001);
Very Fast Guys (2002);
Get Real (2002);
Four Rent Boys and a Sangoma (2003);
Drive, Pussycat, Drive! (2003);
Sweet Mercy (2004);
Paddy O’Zulu (2004);
Pitch Revolution Part 1 and 2 (2006);
Zone 14 (2007);
Total Soccer (2008);
Shuga (2009);
Harambee (2011).