The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned a 52-minute film, I am Samuel, citing a homosexuality theme.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Board stated that the film violates Article 165 of the Penal Code that outlaws homosexuality, as well as the provisions of the Films and Stage, Plays Act Capp 222 of the laws of Kenya. “For the avoidance of doubt, restricted in this case means that the film is prohibited from exhibition, distribution, possession or broadcasting within the Republic of Kenya,” the Board emphasized.
KFCB said that in the course of examining the film, 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 Board stated.
The Board added that the film tries to influence the viewer into believing that the older generation that was once against LGBTQ+ is slowly buying into the practice and accepting same sex marriage as a normal way of life.
The documentary ultimately features marriage of two men and concluded with the dedication of the film to the gay community.
The Board further stated that 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.
“On the basis of religion as a classifiable element, he Board finds the documentary not only blasphemous but also an attempt to use religion to advocate same sex marriage,” KFCB said.
The Board also reminded local and international filmmakers to strictly adhere to the provisions of the Film and Stage Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya by acquiring filming licenses as well as submitting their content for examination and classification for age suitability.