Directed by Jim Chuchu
Kenya, 2014 , 62 min.
Two high school girls are in trouble for their “peculiar” relationship; a young DVD seller enters a clandestine gay bar, hoping his homophobic friend doesn’t find out about it; a farmhand is tormented when his crush starts courting a woman; a young man is about to live out his dream of having sex with a white man (note: the scene is tastefully filmed and is not explicit); and a woman dreams of living with her partner somewhere where anti-gay laws don’t exist. These are the stories that were told by Kenyans who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex and now comprise this beautifully rendered anthology film. Stories of Our Lives started out as an archival project by the multi-disciplinary NEST Collective, who turned the testimonies given into five funny, endearing and sometimes heartbreaking vignettes. Unfortunately, but predictably, the Kenyan government banned the film on the grounds of promoting homosexuality.
In Swahili and English with English subtitles.
Not suitable for children.
All films are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.