Above The Troubled Water

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Three gay friends from Nigeria are forced to flee their country. Above the Troubled Water follows their stories as they adjust to life in exile.

We are introduced to BISI, who put his life on the line when he came out, during a live interview on the popular Nigerian television show ‘New Dawn’, becoming the first and only Nigerian to come out publicly on national television. After enduring violent attacks, he fled to London as a refugee. We follow him as he becomes a prominent human rights campaigner. DAMOSHE, who lived with Bisi in Lagos also had to flee, but he left for the USA, and we follow his journey as he fulfils his long-term ambition to become a nurse. ADE, who also lived with Bisi and Damoshe, now lives in Toronto, but is struggling with substance abuse and mental health.

Above the Troubled Water explores the legacy of trauma through a subtle and domestic glance, looking at the meaning of friendship in overcoming the everyday adjustments to life in exile.

Directed by Joe Cohen (USA)

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