Kenya temporarily lifts ban on lesbian love affair film

MOMBASA, KENYA (dpa)- Kenya's High Court Friday temporarily lifted a ban on a film about a lesbian love affair to fulfil a requirement for Oscar nomination.
Wanuri Kahiu, producer of the film "Rafiki", had gone to court to seek permission for the film to be screened locally so that it would be eligible for an Oscar award in the best foreign film category later this year.

The ban was lifted for seven days, but only adults will be allowed to view the film, said judge Wilfrida Okwany.
Kenyan authorities had banned the film because it tries to "legitimize and normalize homosexuality," according to the national film classification board.
Homosexuality is prohibited in Kenya, as it is in many other African countries.
"Rafiki," - "friend" in the local language Swahili - had premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and received much praise.
The film tells the story of two girlfriends in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, who fall in love and have to make the difficult choice between love and personal safety.

Monday, September 24th 2018

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