Ban on film depicting women’s love story to resume in Kenya

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) | The first Kenyan feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival has gotten overwhelming audience support since a court temporarily lifted a ban imposed by censors over the film’s gay content, a lawyer said Friday.

“Rafiki” went from being screened once a day in one theater in Nairobi on Sept. 22 to three daily screenings at theaters in three of Kenya’s largest cities as of Sept. 28, attorney Sofia Leteipan said.

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Kenya bans 1st Cannes-bound feature film over ‘lesbianism’

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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya has banned its first feature film to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, accusing it of having “clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law.”

Director Wanuri Kahiu said she is “incredibly sorry” to confirm the ban of “Rafiki,” or “Friend” in Swahili, by the Kenya Film Classification Board. Her film depicts a love story between two women.

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