The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) on Thursday, September 23, 2021, announced that it had banned ‘I am Samuel’ film on grounds of promoting same-sex marriage.
In a statement issued by acting KFCB CEO Christopher Wambua, there was a deliberate effort by the producer to promote same-sex marriage as an acceptable way of life.
According to the board, the film violated Article 165 of the Penal Code that outlaws homosexuality, as well as the provisions of the Films and Stage, Plays Act Cap 222 of the laws of Kenya.
“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 two men, and concludes with the dedication of the film to the gay community,” part of the statement read.
This now means the film is prohibited from exhibition, distribution, possession, or broadcasting within the Republic of Kenya.