Stories of Our Lives

10.6, 20:30
Cinematheque 2

14.6, 20:30
Cinematheque 2

Dir: Jim Chuchu
Cast: Tim Mutungi, Kelly Gichohi
Kenya, 2014, 60 minutes, Swahili and English with English and Hebrew subtitles
Berlin International Film Festival 2015 – The Teddy Award
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 2015

“Stories of Our Lives” was created by members of the multi-disciplinary art collective The NEST who spent several months travelling Kenya collecting stories of young LGBTI people – stories about their experiences and their lives in a country that is still extremely homophobic.
These short, unadorned scenes are presented by director Jim Chuchu in crisp, poetic black-and-white images and accompanied by a measured soundtrack. The 5 episodes, which address topics such as the search for identity and self-determination, enforced heterosexualisation and the struggle for acceptance, have one thing in common: they all describe the need for love and the fear of fulfilling this love openly. Time and again, their fears prompt the question: it is better to hide away, resign oneself to the situation and leave the country, or to stay and fight openly for sexual diversity? In spite of the film being banned from public screenings in Kenya, the members of The NEST have opted for the latter and are determined to continue their struggle for recognition.