I Am Samuel • Fundraising US & UK Screening

2020 / Subtitles available

Q&A Included This Premiere was shown from November 18 to November 18 2021

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 criminalises same sex relationships. Despite threats of violence and rejection, Samuel and Alex move between their co-existing worlds, hoping to win acceptance in both.

Event Description

The Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) has banned the film from playing in Kenya. Kenyan law criminalises consensual same-sex intimacy, with up to 14 years in prison for what it describes as ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’. This law is often misinterpreted and used as the justification for violence against the community systemic and otherwise.

In partnership with Q Initiative, this screening will raise funds to support educational, community, leadership, policy changing, student, and human rights-led screenings in a number of African countries (outside of Kenya) and amongst the African diaspora.

Content warnings : Hate Crime

Q&A Included

The screening is accompanied by a panel discussion, moderated by OutRight’s Director of Public Policy Neela Ghoshal. Panelists will include Editor In Chief of The Advocate, Tracy E. Gilchrist, the film’s award winning Director Peter Murimi, Kenyan journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist and the beautifully brave subject of the documentary, Samuel himself.

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


"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