Kenya: “Rafiki” film in theaters for a week in Nairobi

Wanuri Kahiu, the Kenyan director of Rafiki at the Cannes Film Festival photojournalist, May 9, 2018. Photo: Figaro

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – Banned in his country because it deals with homosexuality, the Kenyan film “Rafiki” can be seen for seven days in Nairobi and hope to be in the running for the Oscars.

“I’m crying, I’m in a French airport, what a joy, our constitution is strong, thank the freedom of expression,” reacted director Wanuri Kahiu who intends to show, through her film, a pop and “joyous” image of Africa.

In theaters starting Wednesday in France and Belgium, “Rafiki” will be broadcast in a cinema in Nairobi from September 23 to 29. To be selected at the Oscars, a film must be screened in the country that submits it for at least seven consecutive days.

The feature film was successfully presented at the Cannes International Film Festival, on the French Riviera, in the “Un Certain Regard” section – the first Kenyan film seen at the festival.

But in Kenya, homosexuality remains illegal and the censorship commission banned the film because of “its homosexual theme and its obvious purpose of promoting lesbianism, which is illegal and hurts the culture and moral values of the people. Kenyan “.

“Our ambition is to ensure that the image of Africa is as joyful and full of hope,” explained the one inspired by the new “Jambula Tree” of Ugandan Monica Arac of Nyeko. A motivated choice “by the beautiful story about a transition to adulthood, and not by the lesbian love story”.

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