Filmed vérité style over 5 years, I am Samuel is a story about love, family and acceptance - a portrait of a Kenyan man torn between balancing duty to his family with his dreams for his future.

Synopsis 

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 criminalize 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.
 
 

REVIEWS

"Intimate and moving"

— LA Sentinel

"Beautifully portrayed."

— Okay Africa

"Understated and arresting!"

— In the seats

"I am Samuel is a work of bravery"

— POV Magazine 

"I am Samuel presents love with such raw honesty that you can't look away."

— Amsterdam News

SCREENINGS

Current Festivals
United Kingdom
European Premiere - BFI London Film Festival
10th October 2020
London Physical Premiere - Film Africa Festival
4th November 2020
Glasgow and Edinburgh Virtual Premiere - Africa in Motion Festival 
30th October - 29th November 2020
North America
Inside Out Film Festival, Ontario, Canada
1st - 11th October 2020
London Physical Premiere - Film Africa Festival
14th - 18th October 2020
European Festivals
Coming soon...
Past Festivals
World Premiere - Hot Docs Film Festival
2020
US Premiere - Human Rights Film Festival
2020
Atlanta Film Festival
2020
 
 

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