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‘The Boy from Mushin’ Chronicles a Nigerian Activist Who Came Out as Gay on Live TV

"The power of self-belief and the need for greater acceptance and understanding."

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The Boy from Mushin

Logline: “The Boy from Mushin” tells the story of Bisi Alimi, who risked his life when he came out as gay live on Nigerian television.

Elevator Pitch:

“The Boy From Mushin” is a feature length documentary that follows Bisi Alimi, who was raised in one of Nigeria’s poorest slums. He fled persecution to become one of the most influential African LGBT and Human Rights activists. Bisi risked his life when he came out as gay live on national television. After enduring three years of violent attacks, he fled to London. The film charts Bisi’s journey from Nigeria and his emotional return for the first time since his exile, and it follows the lives of key activists in the movement for social change in Nigeria.

Production Team:

Producer and Director: Joe Cohen
Camera: James Bayliss-Smith, Annika Summerson
Editor: Hoping Chen (“Ilo Ilo,” winner of the Camera D’Or and Golden Horse)

About the Film:

Bisi’s story is the story of millions of people around the world who are subjected to discrimination and violence every day. At a time where we are fighting the prejudice in our hearts and on our streets, this film seeks to show the power of self-belief and the need for greater acceptance and understanding. It highlights the brutal injustice African LGBT people face every day.

We believe there has never been a more important time to make this film. It recognises the human behind the story, behind the headlines, and shows that a person is more than just a statistic.

Current Status: Fundraising and In Production.

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