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£13,877
pledged of £35,000pledged of £35,000 goal
284
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, March 21 2016 12:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Boy from Mushin is a feature length documentary, telling the story of Bisi Alimi, a man who put his life on the line when he chose to come out as gay live on Nigerian national television.

In 2004 when the president of Nigeria claimed that 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 – alienating him from his family and friends and subjecting him to years of hateful attacks. Funmi’s show was pulled off air, and Bisi’s proud declaration was debated in Parliament. 

Bisi Alimi, live on CNN
Bisi Alimi, live on CNN

Bisi left Nigeria an exile and arrived in London a refugee. From the streets of Mushin, one of the poorest slums of Lagos, Nigeria, he has 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. 

This is a film not only about a courageous man trying to change the world, but a window into the lives of other courageous gay men and women that are fighting tirelessly for acceptance and equality across Africa. It tells a complex story where race, gender, sexuality and populist politics intersect in Nigeria - a story that affects the lives of African LGBT people, but also has an impact in the global north, from conducting business in Nigeria, to tourism and issues of immigration where LGBT people are concerned.

There has never been a better time to be part of this film. Whilst immigration is on the top of the world’s agenda, it’s crucial that stories of people behind the media headlines are told.

We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for the journey. 

  • PRESS 

"A groundbreaking new film" The Huffington Post Queer Voices 

“Charts an extraordinary life journey” i-D magazine

“Intimate and Powerful… An emotional hit” Attitude Magazine

  • HOW WILL THE FUNDING BE USED?

All the money raised from this crowd fund will go directly into production and postproduction costs for the film. It will enable us to:

Complete the principal filming, through crew (camera operator, sound recordist, fixer), and equipment hire.
Pay for travel, flights and accommodation (for reasons of safety and visas, unfortunately we cannot give exact details). 
Pay for insurance cover.
Pay for an editor on an 8-week edit, that we will be able to present to broadcasters and distributors. 

We have chosen the fixed method of funding, whereby if we do not reach our target we will lose what has been pledged. This is to ensure that we can complete the filming and that your generous support doesn’t go to waste. Our funding target is the very minimum we need to achieve this. In the event of us not meeting our target, your pledges will be refunded. If we exceed our target, the extra will be used for postproduction costs such as a sound design and musical composition fee.

So far the documentary has been self-funded to the amount of £10,000. This has been spent on crew / equipment hire and travel / accommodation. Our volunteer team is also fundraising separately through traditional routes, such as foundation funding and broadcasters, so that we can raise a budget for marketing and salaries.

The film is geared towards the international film festival market, a niche theatrical window, and a big Video On Demand release, ideally in conjunction with an established VOD distributor.    

  • HOW CAN I HELP?

Please spread the word! Join in the #theboyfrommushin campaign and share this page with friends, relatives, colleagues, businesses and charities. Every share or email sent will be vital if we are to reach our target. 

We are pleased to announce several exciting rewards for generously supporting our film, including signed copies of the film, limited framed posters, an invitation to a private screening with an opportunity to meet Bisi, and a Q&A panel on LGBT and human rights.

  • A CAMPAIGN AROUND THE FILM
Gay men paraded naked on the street of Owerri, Imo State, South East Nigeria in 2014
Gay men paraded naked on the street of Owerri, Imo State, South East Nigeria in 2014

Recently, an anti gay law was passed in Nigeria that not only criminalises same sex relationships by up to 14 years in prison, but also anyone who does not report a known homosexual. This law is killing people every day. In Uganda, the international community stood up and fought the Kill The Gays Bill, which has now been repealed. Through this film we wish to create international awareness in the fight against this law, so that LGBT and all citizens of Nigeria will be able to live free from persecution because of their identity. We can change history.

  • MEET THE DIRECTOR

Joe Cohen is a documentary producer and director. After graduating from the University of Bristol, he worked developing series for major broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky and Discovery network. He trained at the UK National Film and Television School, after which he was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus. His entry film “Stepping Out,” was in official selection at the London Short Film Festival, ReelOut Canada, and was nominated for the documentary award at the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival. His film “Northern Cross” was screened at the British Council Film Festival, Moscow, and the International Student Film Festival. His recent film collaboration with Michael Clark Company for Pringle of Scotland screened at the Serpentine Gallery, London, the National Museum of Scotland and at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. He has directed films for VICE Media, Human Rights Watch, Old Vic Theatre and i-D magazine. Throughout his undergraduate course at the University of Bristol, Joe was the LGBT Union Officer as well as the president of the Student Action for Refugees Society. The Boy from Mushin is Joe's first feature length film.  

www.joecohen.co.uk

Risks and challenges

Having worked in the documentary film industry for nearly ten years, I am aware of the potential challenges that often arise, from last minute technical challenges to finding the right distribution. However this is also an exciting time for documentary filmmaking, as there are new funding and distribution models constantly being created. Rising to these challenges is important, as is the need for the LGBT community and our allies to come together, to take risks, just as Bisi did, to tell our stories.

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