I am Samuel

Screenings

March 18, 2021March 26, 2021
12:01 AM11:59 PM /
London
Stream the film across the UK March 18-26. Tickets on sale Feb 18
March 20, 2021
Join us for a live Q&A with filmmaker Peter Murimi, LGBT activist & writer Kevin Mwachiro and Neela Ghoshal, Associate Director, LGBT Rights program, Human Rights Watch. Free worldwide with RSVP
QA Session with the Filmmaker

Co-presentation with Human Rights Film Festival Zurich

Film description: Samuel, a gay Kenyan man, balances duty to his family with his love for his partner, Alex, in a country where their love is criminalised.

Samuel grew up on a farm in the Kenyan countryside, where tradition is valued above all else. He moves to Nairobi in search of a new life, where he finds belonging in a community of fellow queer men where he meets and falls in love with Alex. Their love thrives even though Kenyan laws criminalize anyone who identifies as LGBTQ, and together they face threats of violence and rejection. Samuel’s father, a preacher at the local church, doesn’t understand why his son is not yet married and Samuel must navigate the very real risk that being truthful to who he is may cost him his family’s acceptance.

“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

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

Access notes: This film is fully subtitled in English

Screening followed by panel discussion starting at approx. 7.45h pm CET,
Panel guests: Peter Murimi (filmmaker), Graeme Reid (HRW Director of LGBT rights program). Moderation: Marguerite Meyer (Journalist). 

 

Filmmaker(s): 
Peter Murimi
Country of Production: 
Kenya/Canada/UK/USA
Year: 
2020
68m
Language(s): 
English, Swahili, Luhya (fully subtitled in English)
Genre: 
Documentary
Filmmaker Bio(s): 
Peter Murimi
Director

Peter Murimi is a multiple award-winning Kenyan TV documentary director focusing on hard-hitting social issues, from extra-judicial killings to prostitution. He recently won the 2019 Rory Peck award for news feature camerawork. His first win was the CNN Africa Journalist of the year award for his intimate documentary about Female Genital Mutilation among his Kuria community, “Walk to Womanhood” (2004). Another ground-breaking project was the film “Slum Survivors” (2007) which won an award at the Czech Tur Ostrava film festival. Peter was a producer/ director for Al Jazeera's Africa Investigates strand exposing crime and corruption, including "Spell of the Albino" (2011) and "Zimbabwe's Child Exodus" (2011). "Kenya's Enemy Within" (2015), also for Al Jazeera, revealed the terror threat posed by homegrown al Shabaab Somali militants to Kenya. "I am Samuel" is his feature directorial debut, filmed verite style for five years in his home country of Kenya.

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