Samuel is growing up on a farm in Kenya and longs for a different life, as his village sets great store in old traditions. The young man moves to Nairobi, where he finds belonging in a community of queer men. There, he meets Alex and the pair fall in love. But Kenyan law criminalises anyone who comes out as LGBTQI+. And Samuel’s father, a preacher in the local church, doesn’t understand why his son isn’t married yet. This leaves Samuel with the dilemma that the truth about his identity could cost him his family’s acceptance… 

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I AM SAMUEL Direction: Roger Murimi, digital, OF m. engl. UT, 67 min


Peter Murimi is a multiple award-winning Kenyan documentary director / producer focusing on hard-hitting social issues. His feature-length documentary “I AM SAMUEL” (2020) has been shown at more than a dozen film festivals, including Hot Docs, BFI and Human Rights Watch. Murimi has led numerous investigations for BBC Africa Eye including “THE BABY STEALERS” (2020), which exposed a child trafficking syndicate and led to multiple arrests. He has made films in 30 African countries for major media outlets including Al Jazeera and Channel 4 News. His first major win was the CNN Africa Journalist of the Year Award for his intimate film about Female Genital Mutilation among his Kuria community, “WALK TO WOMANHOOD” (2004).