I Am Samuel

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 can’t really be myself. It’s like they’re seeing just half of who I am.” – Alex, “I Am Samuel”

“This is a lovely film, very honest, very raw, with characters who are compelling in how real they are.” – Neela Ghoshal, Senior Researcher, LGBT Rights, Human Rights Watch

directed:


Pete Murimi

written:


Pete Murimi, Ricardo Acosta

music:


Eric Wainaina

production:


Kenya 2020

running time:


69 minutes

English/Polish subtitles

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