Nigerian director on his queer film and the lynching of a gay friend

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03/03/2024

Babatunde Apalowo, director of the gay-themed Nigerian film All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White, was shocked to learn that one of his college roommates was lynched for being gay. “Our residence was small rooms with bunk beds,” Apalowo recently told Variety“It’s difficult to move around in that small physical space and not get to know people well. Yet I never knew he was gay.” “He was lynched,” Apalowo continued. “That really got to me because I thought perhaps I was part of the problem. He didn’t trust me enough to tell me what he was going through. It made me wonder and think, even though we were living so close together in this same physical space, our reality was completely different. I couldn’t imagine him going through all those things. And I had absolutely no idea.”

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