Described as an “outrageous storyteller,” Ashton Pina’s first feature film Nana’s Boys explores the fragile partnership of a Black queer couple when the absence of basic necessities forces pressure on their union. While the story is fictional, Nana’s Boys was inspired by Pina’s own life events. At the height of the pandemic, the storyteller and strategist was navigating challenges with his partner that shined a light on communication and honesty within his relationship. Pina has said about writing, producing, and directing Nana’s Boys—currently streaming on Showtime—that “the best person to tell stories about your community is yourself.” —K.M.
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