The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) in partnership with the Nest Collective (Nairobi) presents an online film screening of Nest’s extraordinary film Stories of Our Lives at 7pm on Friday 22 May 2020. The screening will take place on the ICA Stories of Our Lives Film Screening Facebook Page. The screening will be followed by a live Q&A chaired by ICA Director Jay Pather and featuring Stories of Our Lives Director Jim Chuchu and screenwriter Njoki Ngumi, as well as artist and theatre-maker Mwenya Kabwe, and arts journalist Carl Collison.
Stories of Our Lives is a series of five vignettes – ‘Ask Me Nicely’, ‘Run’, ‘Athman’, ‘Duet’ and ‘Each Night I Dream’ – fictionalised renderings of personal stories collected from persons identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex in Kenya, during the Stories of Our Lives project. The Nest Collective writes of the work:
After several months of touring and collecting hundreds of vivid, compelling stories, we decided to turn some of these stories into short films. We wrote the scripts based on some of the stories we’d recorded, and we shot the films over the course of eight months using ourselves as the crew. The resulting shorts were strung together into [Stories of Our Lives]: an anthology film based on true stories about queer life in Kenya…
This film screening event forms part of a broader project, The Feminine and the Foreign, which is a collaboration between the Nest Collective, the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT, London) and the ICA. The Feminine and the Foreign seeks to engage with feminist, queer and immigration activist communities in multiple cities around the world searching for the ideological, spiritual, emotional and philosophical links between them. The project will result in a series of short films that encapsulate a multi-city dialogue about the push-back against global forces that seek to sequester, separate and incapacitate minority communities.
In partnership with the British Council, the Nest Collective was scheduled to visit South Africa to develop the Feminine and the Foreign project, beginning with conducting interviews with Cape Town-based activists. This project has been postponed for now.