The NEST – home of Nairobi’s alternative art thinkers, curious minds and adventurous audiences – (‘Our Guns Don’t Work‘) has released yet another brilliant visual + musical project. Stories of our lives is a documentary project which evolved when The NEST began collecting and archiving the stories of persons identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex from Kenya. The stories became so captivating that the artists decided to create a movie. Jim Chuchu (Jarel – ‘Let’s Go‘ & ‘Fairy Tales‘), director of the movie, was also responsible for this excellent soundtrack, which you can download via bandcamp. The movie received very positive feedback and was selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). You can read more about the movie on the project homepage.
The innovative idea behind the NEST – aggregating the creative potential of highly talented and professional artists in a vibrant art scene as Nairobi – may be a concept we could see develop even in other African cities.