Tanlume Enyatseng continues to prove that he is a writer and creative director of note.
He recently released a short film titled ‘They shoot boys, don’t they’. The film was written and produced by Enyatseng who owns and curate a blog titled Banana Emoji where he shares a variety of thought pieces accompanied by editorial photo shoots.
His short film explains love and intimacy between two Botswana men, with subtext descriptive of the discrimination homosexuals face daily. Enyatseng said he made the story for this month and according to him this is to show the passion, inherent creativity and indomitable spirit of Botswana’s LGBTQI community.
With the three minutes film showing two young men kissing passionately, Enyatseng said he wanted to challenge the taboo of intimacy between two men and highlight the need to recognise same sex marriage.
“This is a part of a two-part project which will later be accompanied by a short story and editorial that will be shared across our media platforms,” he said.
Enyatseng is aware that the project will cause mixed reactions, but insists it is meant to purely to present a reality of what many people’s lives are today.
He said a number of both men and women who are in same sex relationships are unable to freely express their love for one another because it’s deemed an abomination.
“We only wish to show people that there is no real difference between a kiss between a man and a man versus a man and a woman. It is all affection,” he said. Through this project he aims to create possibilities for conversations around set of issues concerning identity, gender, sexuality, spirituality, knowledge and power.
The film stars Drake Selwe and Eugene Hilton and is directed by local creative Giancarlo Calameo Laguerta.
“When we reflect on representation and visibility, what has aided and amplified people being seen, and their voices added to our cultural landscape, is film and photography. People want to see themselves and one of the easiest ways is by taking a picture or shooting a short film,” he said.