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#Cannes2018: Kenyan film ‘RAFIKI’ banned in Kenya

A Kenyan lesbian love story captured in a movie called Rafiki has unfortunately been banned in Kenya.

The Kenyan woman behind the movie, Wanuri Kahiu, has confirmed details of this move by Kenyan authorities.

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On the film’s website, it’s billed as a love story between its female leads. Per the official synopsis, “Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.”

The Kenyan filmmaker also added that her film is “a story about all that is good and difficult about being in love, so that for those fortunate moments we are lifted above our prejudices.”

The film is Kahiu’s second feature film, following her 2009 drama “From a Whisper.” Her 2010 sci-fi short “Pumzi” screened at Sundance in 2010. Check out IndieWire’s exclusive trailer for “Rafiki” below.

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