Stories of our lives

Directed by Jim Chuchu
Produced by Wangechi Ngugi
61min
Kenya
2014



 


Synopsis

Stories of our lives documents personal stories of lovers, fighters and rebels and the community histories that characterize the queer experience in Kenya.

Ask Me Nicely (Itisha Poa)
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.

Run
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.

Athman
Farm workers Raymond and Athman have been close friends for years. Hurt by Athman’s flirtatious relationship with newcomer Fiona, Raymond has to make a difficult choice.

Duet 
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, Lizvisualises dramatic escape plans for herself and partner Achi.

Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival, Canada, 2014

Berlinale, Berlin, 2015

!f Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey, 2015

MoMA Documentary Fortnight, NYC, 2015

Massimadi LGBT Film Festival, Montreal, 2015

Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney, 2015

Design Indaba Film Festival, Cape Town, 2015

Batho Ba Lorato, Botswana, 2015

AFI: New African Film Festival, Maryland, 2015

Roze Filmdagen LGBTQ Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2015

Outfest Fusion, Los Angeles, 2015

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, 2015

Movies that Matter, Amsterdam, 2015

FCAT - Fesitval des Cine Africano, Cordoba, 2015

Stockholm International Film Festival, 2015

BAFICI (IFF), Buenos Aires, 2015

Afrykamera, Warsaw, 2015

31st Gay Film Festival Freiburg, Germany, 2015

DOXA Film Festival, Vancouver, 2015

Off Plus Camera, Krakow, Poland , 2015

Helsinki African Film Festival, 2015

The New York African Film Festival, 2015

Rome Independent Film Festival (RIFF), Italy 2015

Inside Out: Toronto LGBT Film Festival, 2015

Queer Film Fest, Johannesburg, 2015

Seoul International Women’s Film Festival, Korea, 2015

Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, Israel, 2015

Miami Jewish Film festival, USA, 2015

Nuevo Leon Cinemateque, Mexico, 2015

Outfest, Los Angeles, 2015

Durban International Film Festival, South Africa, 2015

Wotever DIY Film Festival, London, UK, 2015

Harlem International Film Festival, USA, 2015

Cinema Queer International Film Festival, Sweden, 2015

CinemAfrica, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015

Take One Action, UK, 2015

Afrikamera, Germany, 2015

Afrykamera, Poland, 2015

Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival, USA, 2015

Watch Africa, Cardiff, 2015

Rio International Film Festival, Brazil, 2015

Mix.Copehagen LGBT Film Festival, Denmark, 2015

Portland Queer Film Festival, USA, 2015

Image Out The Rochester LGBT and Video Film Festival, USA, 2015

Seattle LGBT Film Festival, USA, 2015

Hamburg Queer Film Festival, Germany, 2015

Cambridge African Film Festival, UK, 2015

Africa in Motion, UK, 2015

Taiwan Queer Film Festival, Taiwan, 2015

Molodist International Film Festival, Ukraine, 2015

Film Africa, UK, 2015

Mix Brasil LGBT Film Festival, Brazil, 2015

Frameline Encore, USA, 2015

The Goa International Film Festival, India, 2015

African Film Festival Munich, Germany, 2015

Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival, Slovenia, 2015

Pink Panorma, Switzerland, 2015

Image Nation LGBT Film Festival, Canada, 2015

International Film Festival of Kerala, India, 2015

Movies That Matter Foundation, Netherlands, 2015

this human world: International Human Rights Film Festival, Austria, 2015

Awards

Winner of Teddy Special Jury Award, Berlinale 2015

2nd Place Panorama Audience Award, Fiction Film, Berlinale 2015

Honorable Mention for Best Narrative Feature, TLV Fest 2015

Winner of the Best Film in the Volunteer of the Year Award - Honourable Mention for First Feature

Jury Award, Frameline: San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival, 2015

Winner of the Special Programming Award for Freedom, Outfest 2015

Winner of the Audience Award, GAZE LGBT Film Festival, 2015

Winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature Film, Mix Brazil, 2015