Lexi and her friends Xoli, Tatiana and Thami head to her family’s isolated Northern Cape farm for an overnight camping trip, capturing the excursion on their cell phones. When they awake the next morning to discover they’ve all swapped bodies, the friends are forced to examine each other’s identities in the labyrinth of so-called “rainbow nation” politics. Co-written and lensed by director Jenna Bass and her actors, using an iPhone, HIGH FANTASY is an authentic look at the racial and gender politics of living in South Africa (and, really, the world) in 2017. Bass’ sophomore feature is a cathartic experience that allows viewers to examine their own identity politics long after the credits roll. – Jenn Murphy
Jenna Bass was born in South Africa. Her debut short THE TUNNEL (2010) was included in the anthology AFRICA FIRST: VOLUME ONE (2011). Her feature debut LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE (2014) won Best Direction at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival.