KFCB bans 'gay' documentary on Kenyan Samuel Asilikwa

Poster for "I am Samuel" documentary by Kenyan filmmaker Pete Murimi.

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) on Thursday announced the ban of "I am Samuel" documentary by Kenyan director Pete Murimi.

In a statement to the press, acting KFCB CEO Chris Wambua indicated that the film has been restricted for promoting a "gay theme".

"In the course of examining a film titled: I am Samuel, which was submitted to the Board for classification, the Board noted a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer, to promote same-sex marriage as an acceptable way of life.

"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. The documentary ultimately features marriage of the two men, and concludes with the dedication of the film to the gay community," CEO Wambua outlined.

Poster for "I am Samuel" documentary by Kenyan filmmaker Pete Murimi.
Poster for "I am Samuel" documentary by Kenyan filmmaker Pete Murimi.

The 2020 film was produced by Toni Kamau, who also produced Emmy-nominated "Softie" film on activist Boniface Mwangi.

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