Blow for Ezekiel Mutua after today’s court ruling on popular Kenyan lesbian film
It was a landmark ruling.
“Rafiki has homosexual scenes counter to the law, the culture and the moral values of the Kenyan people. It seeks to legitimize lesbian romance,” claimed the board.
A situation that forced the film’s director Wanuri Kahiu to go to court and sue the board.
Ms Kahiu with the help of lobby group Creative Economy Working Group sued KFCB with its boss and asked the High Court to temporarily lift the ban because the film was to be submitted to the 2019 Oscars Awards as Kenya’s entry to the ‘Best Foreign Language’ film category.
On Friday, the ban was temporarily lifted by Judge Wilfrida Okwanny at the Milimani Law Courts who argued that ‘Gay theme or the practice of homosexuality did not begin with Rafiki.’
“I am not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film,” added Judge Okwanny according to a tweet sent out by Tamerra Griffin, the East African correspondent for Buzz Feed.
In addition, Wanuri has been allowed to screen the movie with the screening limited to ‘adults only’ to make the film eligible for submission to the Oscars in the ‘Best Foreign Language’ film category.
For those interested in watching the film, it will screen from September 23 to 29 at Prestige Cinemas.
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