Sidney & Friends | Mon 9 July
Scottish filmmaker Tristan Aitchison visited Kenya in 2013 where a chance meeting with an activist revealed an underground network of intersex and trans people that wanted their voices heard. This is a heartfelt exploration of the hopes, dreams, and everyday reality of a group friends fighting to survive on the edge of Kenyan society.
Sidney grew up in rural western Kenya, he didn’t like wearing skirts or doing chores that girls are traditionally supposed to do, preferring herding cattle and playing football. When he flees his family’s prejudice he meets a group of transgender friends in Nairobi. Together, they fight discrimination and discover life, love and self-worth.
Welcomed into their community, Aitchison recorded six young people who bravely shared their candid stories over a long period and while things have gradually improved over the last few years, Kenya has various discriminatory laws affecting LGBT+ people and this moving story reveals what it’s like to live life as a targeted minority.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Director, Tristan Aitchison.