Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents: I Am Samuel, a Peter Murimi's movie 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 on a farm in the Kenyan countryside, where tradition is valued above all else. He moves to Nairobi in search of a new life, where he finds belonging in a community of fellow queer men and falls in love with Alex.
Their love thrives even though Kenyan laws criminalize anyone who identifies as LGBT, and together they face threats of violence and rejection. Samuel’s father, a preacher at the local church, doesn’t understand why his son is not yet married and Samuel must navigate the very real risk that being truthful to who he is may cost him his family’s acceptance.
Filmed over five years, this movie is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man balancing pressures of family loyalty, love, and safety and questioning the concept of conflicting identities.
Watch the movie on streaming for free from Feb 19 - 22 here.