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Kenyan film ‘Rafiki’ director Wanuri Kahiu gets a standing ovation at Cannes festival

The Kenyan film ‘Rafiki’ is a love story of two women and is the first ever to premiere at the prestigious festival in France.

The film premiered yesterday at the Cannes Film festival even after being banned by the KFCB claiming that it will promote homosexuality.

The filmmaker and director Wanuri Kahiu and the two stars Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva were overwhelmed as they received a standing ovation last night at the Cannes festival.

Even after being slapped with the ban, Rafiki will receive some international arthouse play.

Kenyans are showing support, love and appreciation to their own stars.

Check out these positive comments the film is getting both locally and internationally.

Queer: Girls from my country did that!! And to actually think it was banned for the notion that it’s promoting homosexuality. The kind of thought process that went into that is appalling. Since when was sexual orientation influenced by what we see. Congrats to the girls.

Ashlee Preston: Let’s be specific…they’re applauding BLACK lesbians (women) and it is such a beautiful thing to watch.

Shalom: This is really awesome!

Mikael Smith: Look at these fabulous women! This is the Kenyan film I mentioned – first to play in competition at Cannes!

Lucy Bruton: That is DELIGHTFUL!

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