HBO Documentary Films’ THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND debuts June 29


HBO’S THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND, which premieres TUESDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET / PT), is a searing and timely look at tackling the endemic discrimination in Nigeria today, seen through the prism of many daring and charismatic and nonconformist young people who are fighting to live their lives out loud.

Through social media, fame and creative expression, they spark a cultural debate that challenges the ideals of gender compliance and human rights in Nigeria. Directed by Nneka Onuorah and Giselle Bailey, the film is produced by Mike Jackson, John Legend, Ty Stiklorius and Austyn Biggers of Get Lifted Film Co. The feature documentary will debut on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max in 2013. , Nigeria enacted the anti-LGBTQ law – the Gay Marriage (Prohibition) Bill (SSMPA), and in the years that followed it was used to harass, imprison, extort and commit violence against any person considered non-conforming to Nigerian society. and cultural norms. In August 2018, 57 men attending a party in Lagos, Nigeria were arrested by police, arrested and forced in front of press cameras. One of the men, James, shocked the country when he spoke defiantly against the government while still handcuffed, at a time that went viral. James turned this moment into an opportunity to amplify his voice and shine a light on the oppression that many Nigerians face on a daily basis.Across the globe in New York, Micheal Ighodaro lives with his friends who are part of the Nigerian diaspora and settles into his new life as an advocate for LGBTQ rights and HIV prevention, having left his community in Nigeria. after being assaulted. for his identity. As Micheal works to defend FOR THE PEOPLE and the communities he left behind, James and his circle of friends struggle to choose between seeking refuge abroad or staying and fighting a system that seeks to silence them. As Onuorah and Bailey’s cameras follow these tight-knit groups of select families, an inspiring portrait emerges of a new generation who use social media, underground radio, and all the other resources at their disposal to fight for their rights. personal expression. Through daring creativity, they work to elicit a REVOLUTION it would challenge the ideals of gender, conformity and civil rights in Nigeria. THE LEGEND OF THE UNDERGROUND is a timely look at a vibrant and resilient community that continues to fight state-sanctioned discrimination in Nigeria while celebrating who she is.The Legend Of The Underground Continues HBO’s Collaboration With Get Lifted Film Co. With A Solid List Of Documentary Projects “Atlanta’s Missing And Murdered: The Lost Children,” Nominated For The 2021 Peabody Award And Winner Of The 2021 IDA Award For Best New Series unscripted or documentary; “40 years of prisoner”; “Southern Rites” and “United Skates”. HBO Documentary Films presents THE SUBWAY LEGEND, directed by Nneka Onuorah and Giselle Bailey, produced by Mike Jackson, John Legend, Ty Stiklorius and Austyn Biggers of Get Lifted Film Co. For HBO: producer senior, Sara Rodriguez; executive producers Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller.


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