- The feature documentary I Am Samuel tells the story of a gay couple, Samuel and Alex, who strive to maintain their relationship
- Samuel's father is a renowned preacher in his village and expects his son to bring home a daughter-in-law
- The 70-minute drama is a moving portrait of two Kenyan men balancing the pressure of family loyalty, love and a lifelong quest for acceptance
- The film is among those that were shown at the BFI London Film Festival, which lasted three days
A Kenyan film dubbed I Am Samuel, which offers an insight into the lives of gay couples in Kenya, has shown at the London Film Festival.
The feature documentary tells the story of a gay couple Samuel and Alex, who strive to maintain their relationship but are also aware of the negativity and stigma it brings with it.
The film features Samuel, a young man born and raised in rural Kenya, who moves to the capital where he meets and falls in love with Alex.
Samuel's father is a renowned preacher in his village and expects his son to bring home a daughter-in-law someday but the gay couple is instead trying to live in a society that does not uphold their union.
According to the film's director Peter Murimi, the 70-minute drama is a moving portrait of two Kenyan men balancing the pressure of family loyalty, love and a lifelong quest for acceptance.
The film is among those that were shown at the BFI London Film Festival and was available for three days with the last being October 13. It was produced by Toni Kamau with the help of Murimi.
Murimi is a multiple award-winning documentary director whose first award came in the CNN African Journalist of the year in 2004 for his piece Walk To Womanhood. It deals with issues surrounding female genital mutilation (FGM).
It is near to impossible for creators to showcase LGBTQ+ films in Kenya and even international ones are not granted these rights.
In other film news, it is clear to see that Lupita Nyong'o has now become a force to be reckoned with in the Hollywood setup. The Kenyan-Mexican actress continues to show her diversity, mastery and perfect execution of various characters in a way that is pleasing to watch.
And yet, the world at large might have not even seen the best of her work in front of a screen which we could finally get to watch in her upcoming film, The 355.
The actress has joined other incredible female stars like Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Diane Krugar and Fan Bingbing in a film where they all play female secret agents.
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