Stories of Our Lives

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Stories of Our Lives

Directed by Jim Chuchu (The Nest)

  • Kenya 2014; 60 min
  • Original version: Swahili, English
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Teddy Jury Award - Berlin IFF
    • Honorable Mention (Outstanding First Feature) - Frameline San Francisco LGBTQ IFF
    • Special Programming Award - Outfest Los Angeles LGBT FF
    • Audience Award for Best International Film - Mix Brasil


Stories of Our Lives began as an archive of testimonials from Kenyan persons who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex assembled by a small Nairobi-based multidisciplinary arts collective. So compelling were these stories that the ten-member association of artists, social workers and entrepreneurs was inspired to adapt some of them into short films. Working on a shoestring budget with one small video camera, two LED lights, a portable digital recorder, a shotgun mic, and relentless courage and enthusiasm, the cast and crew shot, edited, and mixed five shorts over eight months to create this remarkable anthology film.



    Steven Markovitz