Kenyan film commission says banning a lesbian love story is ridiculous

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Rafiki, which means friend in KiSwahili, follows two Kenyan girls who fall in love and it turns them into targets for Kenyan conservative society. The film recently debuted at Cannes, following the decision of the Kenyan Film Classification Board (KFCB) to deny permission to air the fdilm in the country where it was crated. Chris Foot, the head of the Kenyan film commission, recently said that banning the film was unconstitutional because it violated people’s rights on freedom and expression. The Kenya film commission was established by the government in 2005 to support Kenyan filmmakers both nationally and internationally, and is entirely distinct from the KFCB. Homosexuality is currently illegal in Kenya and can be punished with up to 14 years in prison, prompting some to state the film had been censored for showing illegal activity, but there are films about much worse illegal activities — murder, rape, violence — and these films are shown in Kenya.

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