Rafiki is a 2018 Kenya / South Africa drama by Wanuri Kahiu.
Starring Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha and Jimmy Gathu.
Banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board in April 2018. The KFCB claimed
the film seeks to legitimize lesbian romance.
Rafiki, which means friend in Swahili, is adapted from the 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story, Jambula Tree, by Ugandan writer Monica Arac Nyeko. It follows two close friends, Kena
and Ziki, who eventually fall in love despite their families being on opposing sides of the political divide.
Wanuri Kahiu, the director of the banned film Rafiki is Suing Kenya's film censors to unblock the way for the film to
qualify as contender for the Oscars. The suit demands that the local ban be lifted in time for her to submit the film to be considered for an Oscar. It's also pushing to change the law that has been used to ban popular films like The Wolf of Wall
For Rafiki to be eligible for a Best Foreign Language award, it needs to be shown in Kenya before September 30, The Hollywood Reporter adds . If the selection committee is given permission to screen the film to submit it to the
Academy, Rafiki could be the first Kenyan film to be nominated in that category
Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki has received its due praise on the film festival circuit since her film was selected to make its world premiere at Cannes earlier this
year-- making it the first Kenyan feature film to do so. However, the Kenya Film Classification Board banned the film, claiming that it seeks to legitimize lesbian romance.
Update: Make love not war, court organises a 7 day
22nd September 2018. See article from bbc.com
A Kenyan judge has lifted a ban on a film about a lesbian relationship - for a week. Judge
Wilfrida Okwany decided to allow the screening of the film for seven days so that it could be submitted for the Oscars.
In order to be submitted to the Academy Awards, the film must have been publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days
at a commercial motion picture venue.
In her ruling on Friday, Ms Okwany gave permission for the film to be shown to willing adults. She said she was not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by
seeing such a film.
But the head of the Kenya Film Classification Board, Ezekiel Mutua, was unhappy about the decision, claiming homosexuality is not our way of life.
The film's director Wanuri Kahiu, who appealed against the ban, was
overjoyed with the latest decision.
The film's Twitter account announced that it will hold screenings in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi
24th September 2018. See article
reprieved from being banned showed on Sunday to a cheering full house audience in Nairobi. The cinema showed on an additional screen after more than 450 people arrived.
Nairobi residents will be able to watch Rafiki during daytime-only screenings
at the Prestige Cinema in the capital for a week