Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu invited to become member of Oscars Academy

The organization that oversees the Oscars has set it’s sights on a Kenyan making boss moves.

‘Rafiki” movie producer Wanuri Kahiu joins top Hollywood personalities to become members of the movie Academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record number of new members, extending invites to 928 people.

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

Wanuri has accepted has accepted the invite, and announced it on social media.

She wrote;

According to Variety, Some of the big-name actors include Daniel KaluuyaMindy KalingTiffany HaddishKumail Nanjiani, Blake Lively, Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Miles Teller, Randall Park, Daisy Ridley, Timothee Chalamet, Hong Chau, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Blake Lively, Regina Hall, Rashida Jones, Lily James, Lily Collins, Chloe Grace Moretz, Olivia Munn, Kal Penn, Pedro Pascal, Amber Tamblyn, Damon Wayans, Gina Rodriguez, Sarah Silverman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Evan Rachel Wood, and Amandla Stenberg.

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Music Review: The Soundtrack for Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki movie is out (MUST LISTEN)

The first ever Kenyan film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival which ran from May 8th to the 19th.

The film has been banned in Kenya but that hasn’t stopped the world from appreciating Kenyan talent. It’s writer/producer Wanuri Kahiu jetted back home this past weekend after a whirlwind time in Paris.

The soundtrack features Muthoni Drummer Queen, Chemutai Sage, Blinky Bill and a host of other talent.

“Rafiki” was inspired by the 2007 Caine Prize winner, Monica Arac de Nyeko’s “Jambula Tree,” which chronicled a story of two girls in love in Uganda. The filmmaker added that “making a film about two women in love set in Kenya, means challenging deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family.”

The Kenyan filmmaker also noted 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.

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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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The banned Kenyan film ‘Rafiki’ is premiering today at the Cannes Film Festival

The ‘Rafiki’ Kenyan film is set to premier today at the Cannes Film festival in France despite it being banned in Kenya.

Kenyan authorities banned the LGBT love story last month on 27th saying that they believe that it will promote lesbianism in the country.

Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu expressed her disappointment, saying they have received lots of backlash from people yet the film has not been aired yet.

To her it was just a story that was beautifully written and was turned to a film. It was an artistic expression.

Despite that, Wanuri and her team will still attend the premier at the Cannes Film festival.

She posted this on her social media account,

That #WaCannesDa glow! Today we start press and a pre-screening for @rafiki_movie. So excited to share the 💗 in this film! #AfriCannes #rafiki.”

It is unfortunate that the Kenyan authorities are banning a film that is the first ever Kenyan feature film to be invited to Cannes.

The best thing they can to is to rate it as 18 and above and allow adults to watch and have their own opinion since it is something that is occurring in our country.

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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.

Kenyan film-maker Wanuri Kahiu’s film to premier at Cannes film festival

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.