Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Nigerian Gay Movie Out Soon - or is it an anti-gay movie?


Monday, December 31, 2007

From modernghana.com: Gay Movie Out Soon
All is set for the Nigerian film industry to release the first gay movie titled “Sinful Saints” early next year. Directed by Nigeria’s 2005 Best Film Director, Dickson Iruegbu, the movie seeks to answer such questions as whether homosexuality is an African or borrowed culture.“Sinful Saints is a very controversial movie. It deals with a very sensitive but neglected topic; homosexuality. The movie will explore homosexuality in Nigeria,” Iruegbu revealed.How did it creep into our society? How do we discuss issues relating to sex with our children? Do we frighten them with our experiences? The family is the ultimate unit of society but unfortunately most homes lack good ways of discussing sex-related issues.Sinful Saints is the story of a kid whose over-protective mum (Clarion Chukwura) sheltered him so much that at age 19 he had not had any contact with a woman.Meanwhile his hormones are raging but ignorance has set in and he clings onto his fellow man to satisfy his sexual needs. Soon he is enmeshed in homosexuality.According to Iruegbu, “This is a topic we all shy away from but it is there. People experience it everyday and we have to talk about it and enlighten people. Some of us are trying to summon the courage to discuss it. For me it is high time we discussed it.”The movie features steamy scenes of man-to-man love and is an intricate web of ignorance, jealousy, betrayal and ultimately murder.Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK), Charles Waran, Maurice Nwabueze and Clarion Chukwura are starring in this movie that would stretch the limits of censorship in Nigeria. On the challenges of shooting such a movie, Iruegbu said: “It took a long time to convince the artistes to play the roles. I paid three times what is obtainable for Nigerian movies. I have sunk over N8,000,000 in the project. I know it will shock Nigerians but the story has to be told. It is happening everywhere and people want to talk about it. According to him, he is not out to witch-hunt the homosexual click, believed to be very influential in Nollywood. For Charles Waran, one of the lead actors, who plays a capricious role under the ‘Fag Lord’ (KOK) as a pimp, “the movie is important to me. It is a tragedy that young men could find themselves gay and be proud of it. I feel challenged playing this role. It’s a love story on the fag side of life.”

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