By Florence Akintola
Kenya has banned homosexual documentary film, ‘I am Samuel,’ for allegedly “demeaning of Christianity and an affront to culture and identity.”
According to the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), the documentary, directed by Peter Murime, sought to proliferate conflict with the “constitution, culture values, and conventions of the Kenyan people.”
KFCB boss, Christopher Wamba, in a press statement, revealed that the film is blasphemous.
“Worse still, the production is demeaning of Christianity as two gay men in the film purport to conduct a religious marriage invoking the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” Wamba said.
The movie, ‘I am Samuel’ is about the intimate relationship between Samuel and his partner, Alex. To ensure that their bond remains unbroken, Samuel must balance his duty to family and his love for Alex in a country that forbids same sex relationship.
The ban, according to the movie director, Murime, will officially make the movie unavailable in Kenyan cinemas.
Most African countries have criminalise same sex relationships and marriages. Gays are also at risk of homophobic attacks, that could cost them their lives.