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Director of Kenyan lesbian film, Rafiki, speaks on the next movie she’s releasing

After Rafiki another exciting film is coming up

Kahiu hit headlines after Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua banned Rafiki, which ended up being the first Kenyan film to debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

In her latest interview on Business Daily, Kahui revealed that she was writing a film dubbed Rusties, inspired by traffic robots in Kinshasa.

The robots were designed by Thérèse Izay, an engineer from Kinshasa, in a bid to resolve traffic problems in Congo.


The filmmaker mentioned that after interacting with the robots she felt the urge of telling a Kenyan story.

"You can't discover them and not write about them if you're a science fiction person. So these robots stop traffic, they wave their arms, they sing to pedestrians, and they're trusted more than the police.

"My story is about ‘Rusties’ in Kenya. We start the story after there's been like a system weighed and everything is going crazy …

"…these robots are making cars crash into each other, everything is going berserk but all through a personal lens of a girl who is going through the most horrible break-up of her life," she said on the Business Daily interview.

Kahiu, who has since been picked as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after Rafiki was banned, shied away from answering a question seeking to know whether she has since forgiven Mr Mutua.


"I don't think it's about forgiveness. For me it’s a pity to underestimate how mature and intelligent we are to watch content as adults or decide whether we want to watch it," Kahiu said.

She went on to describe the ban as something that undermined the democracy of Kenya.


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