controversy surrounding the movie “I am Samuel”, a documentary

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As it continues its pageant journey, the movie I’m Samuel would quickly be launched in Kenya, the place homosexuality continues to be criminalized. But the Authority for Audiovisual Regulation has determined in any other case. On Thursday, she introduced that the displaying and distribution of the documentary within the nation can be banned and referred to as it “blasphemous”.

as reported from Nairobi, Albane Thirouard

I’m Samuel is the portrait of a Kenyan who, after rising up within the countryside, falls in love with Alex in Nairobi. The movie additionally explores his troublesome relationship together with his father, who has issue coming to phrases together with his son’s homosexuality.

At the second, solely the trailer is seen in Kenya, however we will already see scenes of tenderness between the 2 males. What a shock the Kenya Film Classification Board, the audiovisual regulatory physique, which condemned a “violation of Kenyan culture and identity”.

Critics can hardly be accepted for Peter Murimi, the director and co-producer. “It’s censorship. Kenya Film Classification Board prevents us from debating LGBTQ issues. They want to silence them. It’s a documentary, there’s no manipulation, it shows real life, with real people. All the people in the film are Kenyans. This film must be seen by the public. We will appeal. “

To let the viewers choose for themselves, the documentary crew wished to make it seen on the remainder of the continent at no cost. I’m Samuels will subsequently be freely obtainable on Afridoc’s streaming platform from October.

In 2018, the Kenyan authorities had already censored Rafiki, a Kenyan fiction that tells a love story between two ladies. The movie was additionally accused of encouraging homosexuality on the time. After a authorized battle, Rafiki was lastly capable of be broadcast briefly in packed theaters. What ought to I give some hope to the crew in I Samuel.

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