Wednesday 4 November | 18:30 | Rich Mix, Screen 1
Dir. Peter Murimi Kenya. 2020. 69 mins.
This documentary, filmed over five years, follows Samuel, who grew up in a small Kenyan town and now lives in Nairobi. His life in the capital is in stark contrast to his upbringing in a traditional rural family. He loves them and they love him, but they wish that he would get married soon. A secret stands between them. I am Samuel is an intimate portrayal of one man’s conflict: on one hand, he must define love and freedom for himself, on the other, he is duty-bound to honour his family’s wishes.
This film was part of a double bill and was screened alongside Aiwan Obinyan’s Kenyan, Christian & Queer
Peter Murimi is a multiple award-winning Kenyan TV documentary director focusing on hard-hitting social issues, from extra-judicial killings to prostitution. He recently won the 2019 Rory Peck award for news feature camerawork. His first win was the CNN Africa Journalist of the year award for his intimate documentary about Female Genital Mutilation among his Kuria community, “Walk to Womanhood” (2004). Another ground-breaking project was the film “Slum Survivors” (2007) where he lived with residents of Kibera – one of Africa’s biggest informal settlements – to film their most private moments, from robbery to giving birth.