Here’s your first look at “We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” the queer film of the summer

We dont live here anymore
African queer films are having a moment. Recently, Wanuri Kahiu’s Kenyan lesbian film Rafiki made history by becoming the first Kenyan film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. And in February, South African coming-of-age queer film Inxeba (The Wound) became available for streaming on Netflix.

TIERs, the human rights agency producing queer films like Hell or High Water and web drama series Everything In Between, has just released the trailer of the forthcoming LGBTQ movie We Don’t Live Here Anymore. WDLHA is written by trans filmmaker and writer Noni Salma, and directed by Tope Oshin, whose directing credits have appeared on the romantic drama Fifty, and pan-African TV series Shuga.

From the movie’s IMDb page, WDLHA runs with a young adult tapestry, a story about two high school boys who fall in love and have to deal with society’s unacceptance. The trailer, however, doesn’t adequately centralise queer love to make me feel buzzy. It’s almost as if that aspect is mute. Chidi (Temidayo Akinboro) and Tolu (Francis Sule) are the queer teenagers the trailer introduces us to via scraps of information. Funlola Aofiyebi, who plays Tolu’s mother, is aware of her son’s sexuality. “The society doesn’t forgive people like you,” she tells Tolu in a frustrated voice.

I was hoping to see scenes with Chidi and Tolu, besotted with each other. But the only time we become aware of Tolu’s relationship is at the end of the trailer, where we hear him reveal Chidi as male. WDLHA also features a cast ensemble of Osas Ighodaro Ajibade, Katherine Obiang, Kunle Dada, Chris Iheuwa, Abiodun Aleja, and more. Looks like we have a queer film for the summer, and all WDLHA has to do is live up to expectations.

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