25 Jul 2023

The Queer Film Club’s community-driven screening of “14 Years and a Day” at the Dutch Consulate on June 23, 2023, was a remarkable showcase of the power of cinema to foster inclusivity and empower marginalized voices. Themed “Building Bridges of Inclusion“, the evening brought together a diverse audience of LGBTQ+ individuals, allies, activists, and film enthusiasts to create a space where queer narratives could take center stage. Co-directed by Ayo Lawson and Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim, and produced by Sonia Nwosu, the film served as an artistic vehicle that transcended social borders, sparking meaningful dialogue and forging connections between individuals from all walks of life.

Interactive Panel Discussion Following the Film Screening

The atmosphere was charged with anticipation as attendees engaged in conversation, celebrating the richness of African queer culture and resilience. Through the lens of “14 Years and a Day“, the Queer Film Club shed light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in Nigeria while also highlighting the strength and courage that have defined our journey. The subsequent panel, moderated by Adebayo Quadry-Akanbi, was marked by thought-provoking discourse as members of the cast and crew exchanged personal stories and perspectives, further cementing the importance of community-driven initiatives in fostering social change. This event was a testament to the Queer Film Club’s commitment to creating a platform where LGBTQ+ narratives and experiences are amplified, united under the belief that art and cinema have the power to bridge gaps, dismantle harmful stereotypes, and empower communities to shape a more inclusive future.

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