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INTERVIEW: Telling Kenya's Queer Stories

Interview with the Design Indaba squad about agency, personhood and collaborative filmmaking:

The true stories of the Kenyan queer experience are seldom heard, and by “true”, we mean stories of love, and family, and hope, and difficulty - stories that all human beings share. The narratives that have so often taken centre stage include the pathologised NGO tales that can depict the homosexual person only as a vector of disease, or hyper-sensationalised media reports and outing people to stir up scandal...In the face of all these things, it is essential to hear the voices of the African community telling their own stories as people, and so reclaim the dignity, agency and personhood that all these other narratives have taken away. It’s pretty basic – that LGBTI people are people.