Being Okey

2017, documentary 34′, P&D: Nadia Lanfranchi, Nina Oppliger & Corinne Pfister

Eleven years ago, an angry mob attacked Okey and his friend in their home village in Nigeria. Homosexuality is a crime there. They barely escape death – but Switzerland still refuses to grant Okey asylum. Trapped between the constant fear of being brought back and the hope of a life in safety, Okey shares his inner conflict. At Zurich Pride, he experiences what being free means with booming techno rhythms. While the next moment the past catches up with him. He hopes for a worthy future in Switzerland, but it is on a shaky foundation. A new asylum survey is imminent. She will decide his life.