Kenya is sued for a lesbian love film

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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 08: Wanuri Kahiu attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle Party during 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images,)

A Kenyan filmmaker is suing the country’s government after her movie was censored because of the same-sex love plotline. The lesbian love story was rejected for release by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), a government body responsible for certifying all video content broadcast in the country because it was openly ‘promoting’ the illegal activity in Kenya (in this country gay and lesbian sex is considered illegal). Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu alleged that the KFCB banned the film after she refused suggestions to make the characters “remorseful” at the end. She filed a lawsuit against the KFCB hoping to challenge practises that frequently see films outlawed in Kenya. “It’s not a government’s right to say what you can imagine and what you cannot imagine, and who is allowed to exist,” she said, noting that diverse society cannot be ruled this way.Lifting the ban could allow the film’s submission to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Under the Oscars rules, films in the category “must be first released in the country submitting it… and be first publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater.”

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