Unfortunately, the euphoria that Kenyan film lovers felt when it was announced that Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in France has hit a bit of slow turn. This is because the film has now been banned in Kenya due to the sensitive storyline its unveiled.
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) which took the decision on the banned of the film, listed homosexual theme as the main reason. Rafiki tells a story of two black women who fell in love with each other, they went through a whole lot to keep their affection towards intact.
Read the announcement from KFCB:
The @InfoKfcb has banned the film "RAFIKI" due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law and dominant values of the Kenyans. #KFCBbansLesbianFilm Dr. @EzekielMutua @moscakenya @PresidentKE @WilliamsRuto @wanuri @NellyMuluka pic.twitter.com/9hBQOukHv3
— KFCB (@InfoKfcb) April 27, 2018
Wanuri Kahiu confirmed the banned:
I am incredibly sorry to announce that our film RAFIKI has been banned in Kenya. We believe adult Kenyans are mature and discerning enough to watch local content but their right has been denied. #Cannes2018 #AKenyanFirst
— Wanuri (@wanuri) April 27, 2018
Watch the official trailer for Rafiki below:
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