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Kenya bans film about two gay lovers branding it ‘an affront to culture.. demeaning of Christianity’

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Kenya bans film about two gay lovers who label the film as ‘an affront to culture and identity’ and ‘humiliation of Christianity’

  • Kenya has banned movie about gay lovers for ‘humiliating to Christianity’
  • ‘I Am Samuel’ depicts a romantic relationship between two men living in Nairobi. living
  • It has sparked anger in the Christian country, where homosexuality is a crime










Kenya has banned a film about two gay lovers who label the film an ‘insult to culture and identity’ and ‘humiliation of Christianity’.

Authorities said the documentary was “unacceptable and an insult to” on Thursday [the] culture and identity of the deeply Christian country that has long criminalized homosexuality.

Directed by a Kenyan filmmaker, ‘I Am Samuel’ depicts a romantic relationship between two men living in Nairobi and has sparked the ire of the country’s censors for promoting ‘same marriage as an acceptable way of life’.

Kenya has banned film ‘I am Samuel’ about two gay lovers who label the film an ‘insult to culture and identity’ and ‘humiliation of Christianity’

Directed by a Kenyan filmmaker, 'I Am Samuel' depicts a romantic relationship between two men living in Nairobi and has sparked the ire of the country's censors for promoting 'gay marriage as an acceptable way of life' film)

Directed by a Kenyan filmmaker, ‘I Am Samuel’ depicts a romantic relationship between two men living in Nairobi and has sparked the ire of the country’s censors for promoting ‘gay marriage as an acceptable way of life’ film)

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) said the documentary sought to “promote values ​​that are contrary to our constitution, cultural values ​​and norms”.

“Worse, the production is demeaning to Christianity as two gay men in the film claim to have a religious marriage invoking the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” KFCB boss Christopher Wambua said in a statement. a statement. blasphemous’.

“Any attempt to show, distribute, broadcast or possess the restricted film in the Republic of Kenya will therefore be opposed with the full force of the law.”

Homosexuality is taboo in much of Africa, and gay people are often discriminated against or persecuted.

Attempts to overturn British colonial laws banning homosexuality in Kenya have proved unsuccessful, and gay sex remains a punishable crime with sentences ranging up to 14 years in prison.

The Kenya Film Classification Board (pictured) said the documentary sought to 'promote values ​​that are contrary to our constitution, cultural values ​​and norms'

The Kenya Film Classification Board (pictured) said the documentary sought to ‘promote values ​​that are contrary to our constitution, cultural values ​​and norms’

Authorities said the documentary was

Authorities said the documentary was “unacceptable and an insult to” on Thursday [the] culture and identity of the deeply Christian country that has long criminalized homosexuality

‘I Am Samuel’ is the second gay-themed film to be banned in Kenya, following a 2018 decision to prevent cinemas from showing ‘Rafiki’, a lesbian love story that became the first Kenyan film to premiere at the Film Festival of Cannes.

The ban on ‘Rafiki’ (‘friend’ in Swahili) was later overturned by a court and the film opened to a sold-out audience in Nairobi.

‘I Am Samuel’ director Peter Murimi told AFP in an interview last October that he did not expect the documentary to do well with Kenyan censors.

He described the film as “very nuanced, very balanced, it’s a story about a family struggling with this problem, with a gay son.”

“So we’ll just do our best and hopefully the Kenyans will see and that’s what we want,” he said.

The documentary, which has been screened at several film festivals and is available to rent online, is also supported by ‘Rafiki’ director Wanuri Kahiu.

“We change people through conversations, not censorship,” she tweeted in response to the news of the ban, quoting hip-hop star Jay Z.

'I Am Samuel' director Peter Murimi (pictured, in London in October 2020) told AFP in an interview last October that he did not expect the documentary to do well with Kenyan censors

‘I Am Samuel’ director Peter Murimi (pictured, in London in October 2020) told AFP in an interview last October that he did not expect the documentary to do well with Kenyan censors

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