Rats That Eat Men is the directorial debut of writer/director/producer Isobel Mascarenhas-Whitman. In her film I play lead role of Ritah a Ugandan physiotherapist who is also a lesbian and migrant seeking a new life here in London.
This film is very special to me as I get to play a strong, intelligent Ugandan woman that rejects the stereotypes of many mainstream stories and characterisations depicting women and migrants from this part of the world -even more so as I am a British Ugandan actor.
We have received a lovely review from Diva Magazine:
It is attention to these important issues that makes Rats That Eat Men both refreshing and relevant. Watching the transformative bond develop between two distinct lead characters with full and complex histories makes this short film feel like the most revealing sentence in a much broader conversation. That conversation is one that viewers will keep having long after the credits roll. Beatrice McGuire. Diva Magazine
Click here for the full review
And a great preview from The Gay Times:
As well as a gripping plot, the film is also hoping to bring a message about the suffering of LGBT refugees in the UK. Anna-Maria Nabirye, who plays Ritah, said: “No one wants to leave the country they love due to fear of violence. Life is dangerous if you are part of the LGBT community in Uganda. But the Immigration policy in the UK trying to seek proof of sexuality is cruel, twisted and absurd. To prove the very thing, you have been hiding. And how do you prove that?” Gay Times