Peter Murimi’s film I am Samuel, has been banned in Kenya on claims g that the verité-style shot film is an intentional attempt to promote same-sex marriage as a valid alternative.
According to Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB), the film seeks to persuade viewers that the elder generation, which was earlier opposed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ)+, is gradually coming around and accepting same-sex marriage as a normal way of life.
The Board’s Acting Chief Executive, Christopher Wambua, stated in a statement on Thursday, September 23, 2021 said that the picture obviously violates Article 165 of the Penal Code, which prohibits homosexuality, as well as the rules of Kenya’s Films and Stage Plays Act, Cap 222.
In Kenya, “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” is punishable by 14 years in prison, not to mention the stigma and harassment that comes with it.
“This attempt is evident through the repeated confessions by the gay couple that what they feel for each other is normal and should be embraced as a way of life, as well as the characters’ body language, including scenes of kissing of two male lovers,” Wambua said on Thursday,.
The board also went after foreign organizations they said were funding the film and similar productions .