Anyone running for office should be commended for their commitment to the public good. But David Kuria, one of the subjects of S. Leo Chiang’s and Johnny Symons’ documentary Out Run, is literally putting his life on the line by running as an out gay man in Kenya. Though the African nation hasn’t debated a “Kill the Gays” bill like neighboring Uganda, homosexuality is illegal and gays and lesbians have been harassed, beaten and murdered for their orientation.
A work in progress, Out Run will eventually be a feature-length doc that follows LGBT activists running for election in unfriendly corners of the world. Chiang and Symons are using this character sketch of Kuria a fundraising tool for the project—they’re currently in the Philippines filming segments with Bemz Benedito, a transgender congressional candidate.