Stories of Our Lives

Director: Jim Chuchu
Countries: Kenya/South Africa
Year: 2014
Running Time: 62 min.
Languages: English and Swahili with English subtitles


Created by the members of The NEST Collective, a Nairobi-based arts collaborative, this anthology of five short films dramatizes true stories of LGBT life in Kenya.

About the Director

Jim Chuchu

Biography: Jim Chuchu is a visual artist, filmmaker and musician from Nairobi, Kenya. He is also co-founder and Creative Director at the NEST – a multidisciplinary art space in Nairobi, and a member of the NEST Collective. He first came to attention as a member of Kenyan music group Just A Band and subsequently as director of Kenyan LGBT film Stories of Our Lives which was banned in Kenya. In October 2013, Just A Band announced that Chuchu had left the band to pursue his solo projects. Following his exit, Chuchu then directed his first short film Homecoming as part of the African Metropolis project, which premiered at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival, then went on to screen at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Film Festival Locarno and the Seattle International Film Festival in 2014. In April 2014, Chuchu’s photography series titled Pagans was featured in the 2014 edition of Dak’Art, the 11th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, as part of the Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness exhibition in Dakar, Senegal. The show was cancelled a day after its opening by Senegalese authorities, who ruled that ruled that future exhibitions addressing the issue of homosexuality must be closed or canceled.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Stories of Our Lives (2015)

Homecoming (2013);
Dinka Translation (2013);
Urban Hunter (2013);
Stories of Our Lives (2014).