Kenya Bans Gay Documentary Film ‘I Am Samuel’

Written by Festus Destiny

09/24/2021 1:13 PM

Another decision by movie board in Africa has shown that the entertainment industry and the social sphere is not ready to indulge in the LGBTQ discussion. Instead, the habit to avoid rather than confront has been utilized once again.

 

The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the documentary film “I Am Samuel” saying it promotes same-sex relations and flouts the Films and Stage Plays Act.

 

The Acting CEO, Christopher Wambua said the film was submitted for vetting this month and was reviewed on September 8th and 17th.

 

Mr Wambua said the board concluded that the producer deliberately promotes same-sex marriage as an acceptable way of life. They objected to the body language of the characters, including kissing scenes involving two female lovers.

 

The documentary features the marriage of two men and the producer concludes the film by dedicating it to the gay community.

 

The film, KFCB says, blatantly violates Article 165 of the Penal Code that outlaws homosexuality, as well as the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act.

 

"Additionally, the film tries to influence the viewer into believing that the older generation that was once against LGBTQ+ is slowly buying into the practice and accepting same-sex marriage as a normal way of life," Mr Wambua said.

 

Mr Wambua noted that the documentary is unacceptable and an affront to our culture.

 

"Worse still, the production (demeans) Christianity as two gay men in the film purport to conduct a religious marriage invoking the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit," he said.

 

He added that the 52-minute film, directed by Peter Murimi, shows two gay men conducting a religious marriage, and termed it as blasphemous.

 

“On the basis of religion as a classifiable element, the Board finds the documentary not only blasphemous but also an attempt to use religion to advocate same-sex marriage.”

 

Mr Wambua also said that the board welcomes local and foreign support for Kenya's budding film industry, and such funding should focus on producing content that is aligned with Kenyan laws.


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