I Am Samuel

2020 / 69 mins / Subtitles available

Q&A Included This Premiere was shown from June 3 to June 13 2021

Directed by: Peter Murimi

Language / Country : Swahili English / Kenya, Canada, United Kingdom, United States

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.

Content warnings : Hate Crime

Q&A Included

This live premiere, in partnership with We Are Parable, will include a live Q&A with leading film subject Samuel Asilikwa talking for the very first time alongside director Pete Murimi, producer Toni Kamau with special guest host Emmanuelle Andrews.

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What we love about this film

I Am Samuel is a compelling and moving portrayal of two men in love facing hardships and conflict of being LGBTQ+ in Kenya. It's touching and vital focus on togetherness makes I Am Samuel an incredible film and a must watch from us!

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In the press

"I Am Samuel is a film that depicts the individual acts of bravery that can result in incredibly important change… it is a film of conflicting identities, hope, determination and first and foremost: love. "

Lucy LIllystone


"I Am Samuel is a poignant and authentic portrayal of queer love, a heartfelt depiction of how a genuine connection can provide the strength to endure even the most severe adversities. "

Katya Spiers


"There are moments that will warm your heart, and others that will break it…To put simply, I Am Samuel is a courageous feat. "

Theo Smith


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