Kenya bans first feature film at Cannes over homosexual content

Scene from Wanuri Kahiu's new film Cannes [Twitter]

Rafiki is Kenya’s first ever film to be featured at the Cannes Film Festival. While many people are anticipating its release, Kenyans will not have a chance to watch as the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB)  banned it over what it terms as the presence of ‘homosexual scenes’.

KFCB head, Ezekiel Mutua, said the decision was reached after consultation with Film director, Wanuri Kahiu and other stakeholders and concluded that some scenes needed to be edited before the film was resubmitted for classification.
Kahiu took to social media to apologise to the supporters.

The ban comes days after Mutua praised Kahiu and the film, saying that the film is Kenyan story, telling the complex issues youth face in the country.

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