A series of vignettes based on true stories collected for the “Stories Of Our Lives” project. ”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. ”Run”: 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 Athmans flirtatious relationship with newcomer Fiona, Raymond has to make a difficult choice. ”Duet”: Jeff is waiting in a hotel room 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 and tension in their neighborhood increases, Liz visualises dramatic escape plans for herself and partner Achi.
Jim Chuchu is a visual artist, filmmaker and musician from Nairobi, Kenya. He is also the co-founder and Creative Di-rector at the NEST, a multidisciplinary art space in Nairobi. His first short film, "Homecoming", was one of six short fiction films that formed the African Metropolis series and screened at TIFF, Rotterdam, Locarno and over 10 other festivals. "Stories of Our Lives" is his first feature film, created as part of the ten-member NEST Collective.