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Logline: "The Boy from Mushin" tells the story of Bisi Alimi, who put his life on the line when he came out as gay live on Nigerian national television.
In 2004 the president of Nigeria claimed there were “no gays in Nigeria”, Funmi Iyanda, interviewed Bisi about his sexuality on her popular television show, New Dawn. The fury that followed tore Bisi’s world apart.
Bisi left Nigeria an exile and arrived in London a refugee. From the streets of Mushin, the slum of Lagos, he has now become one of Africa’s most prominent human rights activists. This film tells his story: following him as he returns to Nigeria for the first time ever since he was exiled almost 8 years ago.
Producer/Director/Camera: Joe Cohen
Associate Producer: Jess Southgate
Editor: Hoping Chen - previous credits: editor "Ilo Ilo" (Camera D'or Winner, Cannes; Sutherland Award Winner, BFI London Film Festival), editor "The Betrayal" (Royal Television Society Award, Best Postgraduate Factual, Grierson Sky Arts Award, IDFA Best Student Documentary Award, Sheffield DocFest Best Student Film Award)
Music: John Cohen (as DeadFader)
About the Film:
Bisi’s remarkable story of courage and determination against the odds compelled me to make this film. It is important as Nigeria has largely been forgotten when it comes to gay rights, even though it is a very big player in African politics, and effecting change there could have a dramatic effect on neighbouring countries. This is a portrait film about not only a courageous man trying to change the world, but an extraordinary group of people who are working tirelessly in the struggle for acceptance and equality in Africa and around the world.