The Legend of the Underground

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  • TV-MA
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2021
  • Running time: 100 min
In 2013, Nigeria enacted the anti-LGBTQ law — the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill (SSMPA) — and in the years since, it has been used to harass, imprison, extort, and commit violence against anyone seen as not conforming to Nigerian societal and cultural norms. read more
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In 2013, Nigeria enacted the anti-LGBTQ law — the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill (SSMPA) — and in the years since, it has been used to harass, imprison, extort, and commit violence against anyone seen as not conforming to Nigerian societal and cultural norms. The Legend of the Underground is a look at the struggle against rampant discrimination in Nigeria today, as seen through the lens of several bold and charismatic, non-conformist youth who fight to live out loud. The documentary follows two tight-knit groups of chosen families: In New York, a man named Micheal Ighodaro lives with his friends who are part of the Nigerian diaspora and works to advocate for the people and communities he left behind in Nigeria after having been attacked for his identity. Meanwhile in Nigeria, a circle of friends struggle with the option to either search for a safe haven abroad, or to stay and fight a system that seeks to silence them.

Original Release

06/29/2021

US Release

06/29/2021

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Cast

Directors

Giselle Bailey, Nneka Onuorah

Cast

Producers

Nancy Abraham Executive Producer
Rickey Austyn Biggers Executive Producer
Lisa Heller Executive Producer
Mike Jackson Executive Producer
John Legend Executive Producer
Ty Stiklorius Executive Producer
Giselle Bailey Producer
Nneka Onuorah Producer
Cassandra Corbett Producer
Katie Mark Producer
Sara Rodriguez Producer
Stephen Bailey Producer
Nancy Stanton Knox Talcott Producer
Aude Temel Producer
Sharia Walker Producer

Editors

Rabab Haj Yahya

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