An old short film with a gay character played by a Nigerian has a lesson for us all. It’s a reminder of the importance of sometimes questioning our beliefs and values.
More than 10 years ago, the short film “Siri Oko Fo [Mending Fences]” showed the life of an interracial gay couple living abroad.
It explored themes of love, family bonds, same-sex parenting, and female genital mutilation in Nigeria.
Its debut was at the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival in Nice, France. It has also screened at festivals such as the Hollywood Black Film Festival (Los Angeles), Urban World Film Festival (New York), etc. More recently it was uploaded to YouTube for wide distribution.
Nigerian filmmaker Ebbe Bassey was the executive director. Producers were Josh Hetzler and Ed Ro.
The film starred Ebbe Bassey, Aminah James, Kola Ogundiran, and Ash Roeca.
In a country where many people do not understand what it truly means to be gay, films such as this provide a means for people to learn and understand the struggles and realities of being gay and Nigerian.
Watch the film below.