Banned Kenyan Lesbian Movie ‘Rafiki’ Receives A Standing Ovation at Cannes Film Festival (#Cannes2018)


Rafiki, a Kenyan romantic movie that tells the story of two young women who fall in love despite the odds stacked against them recently received a standing ovation at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France

It is no secret that many African countries are still not receptive to the LGBT community, the worst is when gayism gets played out on television. In 2015, it was even reported that Angolan television viewers were outraged over a gay kiss that aired during an episode of popular telenovela, Jikulumessu. Rafiki was no different to African anti-gay critics.



Wanuri Kahiu, the director of the movie recently spoke to the BBC about the ban. Kahiu said…

”Censorship actually brings more attention to a project than anything else….This film was made by Kenyans for Kenyans. No-one else will understand the nuances, the language, the landscape and the behaviour as much as Kenyans will. So while the ban has brought extra support and publicity, I would take a Kenyan audience watching the film over that.”


Despite being ban in Kenya, Rafiki has become the first feature film to premiere at the renowned Cannes Film Festival. The audience even gave the movie a standing ovation.





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