‘Rafiki’ Screenings Sell Out After Kenya Lifts Ban

‘Rafiki’ Screenings Sell Out After Kenya Lifts Ban

Rafiki, a Kenyan drama centered on a lesbian romance, has premiered to sold-out crowds within the East African nation after the federal government banned the LGBTQ movie, in response to CNN.

The Wanuri Kahiu-directed movie is predicated on Jambula Tree, the 2007 Caine Prize-winning brief story by Monica Arac de Nyeko. It premiered to rave opinions on the 2018 Cannes Movie Competition. Nonetheless, in April Kenya’s Movie and Classification Board prohibited the screening of the movie for its lesbian theme.

Kahiu filed a lawsuit difficult the censorship of the movie earlier this month. The director’s authorized workforce argued that her proper to free speech was violated.

The momentary carry permits people 18 and older to observe the film between Sept. 23 – Sept. 29.

Kenyan-born actress, Lupita Nyong’o, confirmed assist for the film tweeting, “Nice information. The Kenyan Excessive Cout lifted the ban on the movie #RAFIKI and it performs for less than 7 days making it eligible for Academy Awards submission! Run and go see it!”


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