Tag Archive | Rafiki

Nairobi: Lesbian ‘Rafiki’ film shows to cheering crowd after ban lifted

Nairobi: Lesbian ‘Rafiki’ film shows to cheering crowd after ban lifted

(Reuters) – Rafiki, the acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance that was until Friday banned in Kenya where it was made, showed on Sunday to a cheering, sold-out audience in Nairobi. Nairobi residents will be able to watch Rafiki during daytime-only screenings at the Prestige Cinema in the capital for a week, after a judge […]

Kenya: Ban lifted on lesbian film, now eligible for Oscars

Kenya: Ban lifted on lesbian film, now eligible for Oscars

(Reuters) – A Kenyan judge temporarily lifted a ban on an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian relationship on Friday, making it eligible to be entered for a Foreign Language Oscar, delighting the filmmakers but angering the censor. “Rafiki” – “Friend” in Swahili – premiered at Cannes, the first Kenyan film to be selected by the […]

Lesbian ‘Rafiki’ director sues Kenya to lift ban on film

Lesbian ‘Rafiki’ director sues Kenya to lift ban on film

(Reuters) – The Kenyan director of a movie, banned in her home country for telling the love story of two women, has filed a lawsuit seeking to lift the bar, so it can be considered for the country’s Oscars entry, court documents show. Rafiki, which means friend in the Swahili language, premiered at the Cannes […]

Kenya bans lesbian film ‘Rafiki’ set to open at Cannes

Kenya bans lesbian film ‘Rafiki’ set to open at Cannes

Kenyan authorities have banned a film that tells the love story of two women on the grounds that it promotes lesbianism, but activists said the ban would only promote interest in the movie. ‘Rafiki’, a word that means friend in KiSwahili, was this week invited to premiere at next month’s Cannes Film festival — the […]