Feature
African

Availability:

Director(s):

Pete Murimi

Country:

Kenya | United Kingdom | USA | Germany | Netherlands | Canada | South Africa

Year:

2020

Running Time:

70 min

Language(s):

English, Swahili, Luhya

Guests

Director: Pete Murimi

UWC/HBF Panelist: Phumi Mtetwa

UWC/HBF Panelist: Rui Assubuji

In this tender but powerful film, Samuel, a gay Kenyan man, has to balance his duty to his family with his love for his partner, Alex, in a country where their relationship is criminalised. Samuel, who grew up on a farm in the Kenyan countryside where tradition is valued above all else, moves to Nairobi in search of a new life. There, he finds belonging in a community of fellow queer men 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, can’t understand why his son is not yet married, and Samuel must navigate the very real risk that telling the truth about who he is may cost him his family’s acceptance. This is a lovely and searingly honest film about love in the face of oppression.

Courtesy of Heinrich Böll Foundation
2021 (23rd) Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival