Kenya Bans Documentary About Gay Couple

Kenya Bans Documentary About Gay Couple

Due to the global movement of homosexuality decriminalization, over 20 countries in Africa have so far legalized same-sex (gay) relationship.

However, this could land gay people in jail in other countries where homosexuality is greatly frowned upon.

The Kenya film board has recently banned ‘I Am Samuel’ — a film revolving around Samuel and his partner, Alex, and the challenges they faced. The board fears that the documentary will in fact promote same-sex relationship or marriage in the country.

The film was directed by Peter Murimi, and was officially released last year.

The board also pointed out that the film was an “affront” to the country’s constitution which identifies family “as the basic unit of society and defines marriage as between two persons of the opposite gender”.

Chris Wambua, the acting head of the film board, said:

“Any attempt to exhibit, distribute, broadcast or possess the restricted film within the Republic of Kenya shall be met with the full force of the law.”

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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