I AM SAMUEL
2:00PM SUN 3RD JULY
An intimate and tender portrait of a Kenyan man torn between balancing duty to his family and their traditions – and wanting to live his truth – of openness about his sexuality along with his dreams for his future with Alex, the man he loves.
Witnessing the tender connection between the couple in a society where people in such relationships can undergo physical harm as well as legal punishment affirms the courageous, moving joy of queer love and the bravery of the men who participate in the documentary. Filmed verite style over five years. Samuel grew up in the Kenyan countryside, where tradition is valued above all else. He is close to his mother but his father, a local pastor, doesn’t understand why he isn’t married yet. After moving to Kenya’s capital in search of work and a new life, Samuel falls in love with Alex and finds community and belonging. Their love thrives despite the fact that Kenyan laws criminalize anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+. Despite threats of violence and rejection, Samuel and Alex move between their co-existing worlds, hoping to win acceptance in both.
"I Am Samuel is a work of true bravery."
Pat Mullen, POV
“It presents love with such raw honesty that you can’t look away.”
Director: Peter Murimi
Producer: Toni Kamau