Update: The Kenya Film Classification Board has restricted the distribution and exhibition of Stories of Our Lives to the public in line with section 16(c) of the Film and Stage Plays Act. There will be NO further screenings, sale and/or distribution of Stories Of Our Lives in Kenya. See full story on the Nest’s website.
The NEST Collective presents their first feature film, Stories of Our Lives, an anthology film based on the lives of queer Kenyans. It premiered at the just-concluded 2014 Toronto International Film Festival!
“Stories of Our Lives is both a labour of love and a bold act of militancy, defying the enforced silence of intolerance with tales rooted in the soil of lived experience.”
– Rasha Salti, TIFF
A series of five vignettes based on true stories collected for the Stories Of Our Lives project.
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Kate, a rebellious young high school student, meets first-love Faith, a fellow student. When school authorities separate the two, Kate impulsively has a sexual encounter with a boy in her neighborhood. Two weeks later, Kate and Faith have an awkward reunion.
After negotiating a business deal, Patrick stumbles upon a local gay bar with his homophobic best friend, Kama. Patrick later returns to the club for a night out, hoping no one will find out.
Farm workers Ray and Athman have been close friends for years. Hurt by Athman’s flirtatious relationship with newcomer Fiona, Ray has to make a difficult choice.
Jeff is waiting in a hotel room far away from home. He has been saving for months to fulfill his ultimate fantasy of having sex with a white guy. Finally, there is a knock at the door.
EACH NIGHT I DREAM
When local legislators threaten to enforce anti-gay laws, mobs gather to evict people suspected of being homosexuals. As tension in their neighborhood increases, Liz visualizes dramatic escape plans for herself and partner Achi.
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A FILM BY THE NEST COLLECTIVE
Directed by Jim Chuchu
Screenplay by Jim Chuchu and Njoki Ngumi
Produced by Wangechi Ngugi
Starring Kelly Gichohi, Paul Ogola, Tim Mutungi, Mugambi Nthiga, Rose Njenga, Janice Mugo, Allan Weku, Maina Olwenya, Louis Brooke and Judy Gichohi.
Executive Produced by George Gachara and Steven Markovitz
Cinematography and Edit by Dan Muchina and Jim Chuchu
Production Design and Wardrobe by Sunny Dolat
Sound by George Aloo and Noel Kasyoka
About the Official Soundtrack
Check out the post: Stories of Our lives: Official Soundtrack – The Nest