I Am Samuel (2021)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 8m

This program is co-presented by OUTtv.

This film offers subtitles in English and Closed Captioning. You can select these options by clicking the ‘CC’ button in the bottom right of the player.

Join us for the Netherlands premiere of I Am Samuel. 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 where he meets and falls in love with Alex. Their love thrives even though Kenyan laws criminalize anyone who identifies as LGBTQ, 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, I Am Samuel is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man balancing pressures of family loyalty, love, and safety and questioning the concept of conflicting identities.

Watch this film at your own pace anytime between 12-14 February 2021.

All programs will be in English or subtitled in English.

You can view pre-recorded Q&A with Filmmaker Peter Murimi, Producer Toni Kamau & HRW’s Associate Director in the LGBT Rights program Neela Ghoshal below in our “bonus content” section (available after registration for the film only).

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Peter Mirumi


Toni Kumau


English, Swahili, Luha



Bonus Content

I am Samuel Pre-Recorded Q&A

Watch the virtual question-and-answer-session for I AM SAMUEL at the HRW Film Festival in New York last spring. Film director Peter Murimi, film producer Toni Kumau and HRW LGBT Rights Associate Director Neela Ghoshal answer a variety of questions.