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.
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.
"Intimate and moving"
"Understated and arresting!"
"I am Samuel is a work of bravery"
"I am Samuel presents love with such raw honesty that you can't look away."