The first Kenyan entry ever nominated for an award at the Cannes Film Festival will debut in France in two weeks — but it is now illegal for Kenyans back home to watch it.
The Kenya Film Classification Board 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@PresidentKE @InfoKfcb @NellyMuluka @moscakenya @Khagali_M pic.twitter.com/5STVTriEEP
— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua (@EzekielMutua) April 27, 2018
So Ezekiel Mutua + his paid bloggers are out here telling you things about #Rafiki Don’t fall for the BS. And watch how epic the battle ahead is about to be. #Rafiki #AKenyanFirst #Cannes2018 https://t.co/ur8Dlb2Ux6
— #MuthoniDrummerQueen (@muthoniDQ) April 27, 2018
— The Voice Of Reason (@_AlfredJackson_) April 28, 2018
The Kenya Film Classification Board on Friday banned the film, “Rafiki,” a drama about two Kenyan girls who fall in love. Ezekiel Mutua, the board’s chief executive officer, said the film “legitimizes homosexuality against the dominant values, cultures and beliefs of the people of Kenya.”
Mr. Mutua said the film board’s ruling did not represent a ban on homosexual content.
“Homosexuality is a reality,” he said. “What we are against is the endeavor to show that as a way of life in Kenya.”
In the film, directed, written and co-produced by Wanuri Kahiu, the girls are separated by their communities, which oppose their relationship.
Ms. Kahiu said the film included several scenes of kissing and intimacy between the two girls. The board did not object to those, she said, but asked her to change the ending, which, she said, the board found “too hopeful.” She refused.