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Catholic Entity in Africa Makes “very urgent appeal” to Ban Kenyan Gay Film on Continent

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The African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGo Africa, is making a “very urgent appeal” to ban a gay documentary film produced in Kenya from being broadcast in other African countries.

In a Monday, October 25 petition, officials of the Catholic entity that works to promote human dignity and individuals’ rights say the producers of the documentary film, “I am Samuel”, which was banned in Kenya, are pushing for gender ideology in other African nations where the film is yet to be outlawed. 

In a press statement September 23 and shared on Twitter, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) describes the film that depicts a Kenyan man struggling with his sexuality as “a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer to promote same-sex marriage as an acceptable way of life.”

The documentary film 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” KFCB leadership said, and added, “On the basis of religion as a classifiable element, the Board finds the documentary not only blasphemous but also an attempt to use religion to advocate same-sex marriage.”

In their October 25 petition, officials of CitizenGo Africa say, “Dear African Film Boards, this is a very urgent appeal for you to ban the gay film ‘I am Samuel’ which was produced in Kenya but all banned in Kenya”. 

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They urge officials of the Film Boards in the world’s second largest continent to “take quick action and defend our society from indoctrination” by banning the 69-min documentary film in all African nations.

According to CitizenGo Africa officials, the producers of the movie that was produced with an agenda “to push for gender ideology” are pushing for “an anti-family agenda” across African nations which have pro-family laws.   

KFCB banned the film in September for violating the Kenyan Constitution, which defines marriage as between two persons of the opposite gender and recognizes the family as the basic unit of society.

The ban echoes that of “Rafiki” in 2018.

In their October 25 petition, CitizenGo Africa officials say the proponents of the documentary want to “sneak” it to African nations. 

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“African countries have very strict laws when it comes to family and it was no surprise that this film was banned in Kenya. But these anti-family activists are not giving up, they now want to secretly sneak this movie to other African countries behind the approval of the film boards,” say officials of the Catholic entity. 

CitizenGo is the international arm of Hazte Oir, the ultra-conservative Spanish Catholic organization that was founded in 2013 in Madrid, Spain as an advocacy foundation. It promotes online petitions in some 50 countries across the globe, defending Christian values including opposition to same-sex marriage, abortion, and euthanasia.