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‘The Legend of the Underground’ to Screen at Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College

CONWAY, Ark. (March 28, 2022)–The Windgate Museum of Art (WMA) at Hendrix College, in conjunction with the Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS), is proud to announce the screening of The Legend of the Underground on April 6 at 6 p.m. This powerful documentary will be screened in the Hundley-Shell Theater, free of charge and open to all. The screening is part of ACS’s Dreamland Film Series celebrating Black voices in cinema and the WMA’s ongoing programming in film. It will be followed by a Q+A with Director of Photography and Co-producer Stephen Bailey.

“We are very excited to partner with the Windgate Museum of Art at Hendrix College to screen The Legend of the Underground,” said ACS Executive Director Kathryn Tucker. “Our Dreamland Film Series celebrates black voices in cinema and shines a light on communities of color, not only in the United States, but worldwide. This documentary spotlights the struggles of the Black LGBTQ+ community in a powerful and intimate way. ACS is proud to have a filmmaker like Stephen Bailey return to Arkansas after his time at the Clinton School of Public Service to discuss his current work.”

“The WMA is proud to partner with the Arkansas Cinema Society on this important and timely film,” said Mary Kennedy, WMA Director. “Our Museum Associate in Film, JaZmyn Shambley, is working with ACS to create a warm and welcoming event for everyone. We hope folks will attend the screening and be part of the discussion. We are always pleased to bring new and compelling programs to our campus.”

Premiering last year on HBO to overwhelmingly positive reviews, The Legend of the Underground (Giselle Bailey, Nneka Onuorah, 2021) captures the violent discrimination of LGTBIQ+ individuals in Nigeria. Directors Bailey and Onuorah follow the lives of several young men who must choose to either live a life of fear and secrecy in Lagos, Nigeria, where homosexuality is still condemned, or flee to the U.S., where they can more freely express their sexual identity. Even as the documentary portrays heartbreaking moments of police brutality, there are also scenes of lighthearted humor, joy, and communal bonding. The Legend of the Underground foregrounds an underrepresented community and subculture in a beautifully authentic and heartfelt way. In their fight to live out loud in Nigeria, the subjects of this evocative documentary represent the youth taking a stand for change in a way that both celebrates Blackness and Queerness.

About Stephen Bailey
Bailey is an award-winning Jamaican-American Director of Photography and Producer. His work has taken him to over 20 countries across the world to cover the battle for Mosul in Iraq, humanity’s fight to save a species in Kenya, the effects of addiction in America’s heartland and the resilience of Nigeria’s underground nonconformist community. Whether branded, docu-series or feature format, Bailey has been fortunate to work with clients like HBO, Netflix, NatGeo, VICE and The New York Times in order to share and produce stories that highlight the power of the human spirit, give a voice to those who are underrepresented or misunderstood and generate empathy for ourselves and each other. Bailey is a graduate of the Clinton School of Public Service.

About the Windgate Museum of Art
The Windgate Museum of Art is located on the campus of Hendrix College. With a vision to be the premier teaching art museum in Arkansas, the WMA presents outstanding art exhibitions, compelling educational programs, and invigorating social activities for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus. Free and open to all, the museum uses hands-on experiences to train students in all facets of museum work. The Windgate Museum of Art is made possible with the generous support of the Windgate Foundation, the Alice L. Walton Foundation, the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the Munro Foundation, the Clarence E. Anthony Charitable Trust, and the Rebsamen Fund. 

For more information about WMA programming, visit our website at, follow @windgatemuseum on Instagram and @WMAatHDX on Facebook, or contact us at

About the Arkansas Cinema Society
Arkansas Cinema Society (ACS) is a non-profit committed to building a film community in Arkansas where film lovers can watch films, share ideas, connect with each other, and nurture the new and existing film talent within our state through increased exposure to filmmakers and their art. Memberships are available to the public at large who may wish to dive into educational videos, member-only tickets, movie swag, and more. Those interested in supporting ACS can visit their website at