“I want to encourage billions and millions of people, and tell them you have rights. You know why?” says one of the characters who appeared in “The Legend of the Underground,” because you are human. A new trailer for the documentary by Gisele Bailey and Nika Onora shows that gender-bundled youth They work to address discrimination and raise awareness of gender identity, sexual orientation and civil rights in Nigeria.
We were told: “Being gay is punishable by 14 years in prison.” As one character explains, “It’s annoying. Every Nigerian has a right to celebrate. So why are these guys getting arrested for their perception of being sexual?”
We hear from Nigerians who have moved to the United States and struggle with guilt about the freedoms they enjoy in the United States. “I have people back home who can’t have this,” explains one interviewee. Their friend quickly adds, “This country is a waste of time. Just leave it behind.”
In a soon-to-be-published interview with us, Bailey described “Underground Myth” as “a story about a human revolution – people striving to break free from social and internal stigma create a cultural revolution that liberates not only themselves, but also society.” Anwarah added, “This film is about choosing to find freedom within yourself. Beneath each of us there is a hidden, unrestrained happiness where we all seamlessly express the multifaceted beauty that reflects all the different spirits of the world.”
“The Legend of the Underground” will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. The document arrives on HBO and HBO Max on June 29.