Photos by

Sean Velasco-Dodge

Waafrika 123

1992. Kenya. On the eve of the country’s first democratic elections, everyone is brewing with expression, including a remote rural village called Luoland located some 250 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. There, although lesbians and queers ‘don’t exist’ in Kenya, two queer people fall in love: Bobby, an American development worker and Awino from the Luo tribe. To complicate matters, Awino’s father is also the Chief who enforces traditions and codes. So when famine strikes, the villagers blame the queer couple for the many deaths by starvation. To regain equilibrium, to make everything “normal” once again, Awino – trans, queer and African – must be “circumcised” – by force – so Awino can act like "a real African woman" rather than a woman “who wants to be” a man, and Bobby must leave. Will Awino and Bobby agree to separate for the good of their community? Will the village itself change? Or will Awino's resilience and resistance give birth to Queer Africa?

Director: Eamon Boylan

Scenic Designer: Riw Rakkulchon

Costume Designer: Jules Peiperl

Lighting Designer: Leslie Gray

Sound Designer: Christopher Darbassie