ICA to present Story of Our Lives online screening

21 May 2020 | Story Staff writer. Photos The Nest Collective. Read time 2 min.
“Stories of Our Lives” is a series of five vignettes, which will be screened on Friday, 22 May, at 19:00.
“Stories of Our Lives” is a series of five vignettes, which will be screened on Friday, 22 May, at 19:00.

The Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), in partnership with the Nest Collective, will present an online screening of Nest’s extraordinary film, Stories of Our Lives on Friday, 22 May, at 19:00. The screening will take place on the ICA Stories of Our Lives Film Screening Facebook page.

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 people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex in Kenya during the Stories of Our Lives project.

The Feminine and the Foreign

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 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.

“Stories of Our Lives” are made up of fictionalised renderings of personal stories.

There will be a live question and answer session after the screening, which will be chaired by ICA director, Jay Pather; Stories of Our Lives director, Jim Chuchu; screenwriter, Njoki Ngumi; as well as artist and theatre-maker Mwenya Kabwe; and arts journalist Carl Collison.

Watch the Stories of Our Lives trailer.


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