Proteus is a film by John Greyson and Jack Lewis. The film takes place in the 18th century in colonial Cape of Good Hope and recounts a love story between an Indigenous man named Claas Blank and a Dutch settler named Rijkhaart Jacobsz. Using old court records, Proteus reconstructs the historical trial against Claas Blank and Rijkhaart Jacobsz for their homosexual relationship. The film is situated in a colonial context which exposes the tensions between colonial and imperial discourse and queerness.
Title: African(a) Queer Presence: Ethics and Politics of Negotiation
Author: S. N. Nyeck
Source: DVD movie cover (France)