Waited For interweaves three stories of South African lesbians who adopt across racial lines. Through their stories we see the progress that has been made in post-apartheid South Africa, but also the difficulties that families face when they challenge the traditional hierarchies of race and heterosexism that are still deeply entrenched in the South African psyche.
Inter-racial couple Kelly and Leigh-Ann embark on the journey to adopt a baby. For a year they let old fashioned socialcrats vet their house, relationship and cultural sensitivities, and wait for the phone to ring. New Zealander Pip and South African Lee have two adopted daughters that have introduced more pink in to their lives than they were anticipating. Pip would like to eventually move back to New Zealand, but Lee is adamant that the girls need to grow up in Africa. Single mother, builder and recovering addict Paula hopes that the multiracial environment in which she has raised her 2-year old will be sufficient preparation for his life in a prejudiced society.
Gentle and thoughtful, personal, yet quietly political, the film plots the various stages of the adoption process, and the mothers discuss their fears, joys, frustrations and expectations of adoptive motherhood in "post-race" South Africa.
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