2020 / Subtitles available
Directed by: Peter Murimi
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.
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.
"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. "
"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. "
"There are moments that will warm your heart, and others that will break it…To put simply, I Am Samuel is a courageous feat. "
THE EDGE SUSU