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I Am Samuel x We Are Parable Q&A

2020 / Subtitles available

Q&A Included

Directed by: Peter Murimi

Documentary

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.

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.

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!

Awards and festivals

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

THE INDIEPENDENT

"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

SCREEN QUEENS

"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

THE EDGE SUSU

What’s the buzz?

3 months ago

I Am Samuel x We Are Parable Q&A | Kate Ingram

I adored this film – it really is a must see. It was such an eye opener for me and it’s a truly beautiful film.

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5 months ago

I Am Samuel x We Are Parable Q&A | phil hunt

I got to see this film at BFI Flare and was totally captured by the injustices of being gay in Kenya….

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