Oscars Nomination: Kenyan Authority Lifts Ban On Lesbian Film Rafiki.



A judge Wilfrida Okwany sitting in a Kenyan court has temporarily lifted a  ban imposed on the film Rafiki for a week. The film faced widespread criticism as  authorities say it promotes homosexuality and demeans the public image of Kenya and Africa. She ruled that the movie can be exhibited in cinemas for the viewership of "willing adults".
Kenya's Film Classification Board in April imposed the ban on the movie for what it termed "Promoting Lesbianism".
The move will allow the movie to be submitted for the Oscars.
" Rafiki" which translates to "friend" in Kiswahili portrays the love affair between two young women and how they were perceived by a society shrouded in homophobia and intolerance.



Ironically, it is the first Kenyan Movie to premier at the Cannes Film Festival.
To qualify the film for Oscars nomination, the movie must have been publicly exhibited for at least seven days at a commercial cinema venue.
Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries including Kenya.

By Onwordi Ngozi Fortune

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