I am Samuel

  • I Am Samuel [Je suis Samuel]
Genre : Drama
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2020
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 70 (in minutes)

Samuel was born and raised on a farm in rural Kenya. Moving to its capital, Nairobi, he meets and falls in love with Alex. Samuel's father, a preacher at his local village church a few miles from the capital, expects his son to marry and looks forward to the day when he brings home a daughter-in-law. While Alex and Samuel's love for each other thrives, they remain constantly aware of the shadows of violence creeping around them. After all, under the Kenyan constitution's penal code, introduced by the British some 100 years ago, homosexual acts carry a 14-year prison sentence. Director Pete Murimi's nuanced drama is a moving portrait of two Kenyan men balancing the pressures of family loyalty, love and a lifelong quest of acceptance.

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 criminalise 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.

A film by Peter MURIMI

starring Samuel Asilikwa, ALEX, SIPPY

Kenya, 2020, Documentary - 1h 10m

Countries of origin: Kenya / Canada / United Kingdom / United States
Languages: Swahili/English/Luhya
Subtitles: English
Filming locations: Kenya
Type: Documentary
Tags: #IamSamuel #queerlove #family & #acceptance

Produced by
Toni Kamau... producer
Peter Murimi... producer
Andy Glynne... co-producer
Anita Norfolk... development producer

Directed by Peter Murimi
Writers: Peter Murimi, Ricardo Acosta
Music by Eric Wainaina
Film Editing by Ricardo Acosta, Phil Jandaly, Sotira Kyriacou
Sound editor: Jack Wensley
Re-recording mixer: Ben Baird

Production companies
We Are Not the Machine (Kenya) | www.wearenotthemachine.com
Mosaic Films (UK) | www.mosaicfilms.com/film-and-tv/i-am-samuel

Bohemia Media (2020) (World-wide) (video) (VOD)

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2021 / 42nd DIFF - Durban International Film festival - DURBAN, South Africa - From 22 July-1 August 2021.
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