Judge lifts ban on ‘Rafiki’ but in­sists only adults can watch it ahead of Os­cars

The East African - - NEWS -

KENYA: A Kenyan judge tem­po­rar­ily lifted a ban on an ac­claimed les­bian movie, mak­ing it el­i­gi­ble to be en­tered for a For­eign Lan­guage Os­car.

Rafiki pre­miered at Cannes, the first Kenyan film to be se­lected by the pres­ti­gious fes­ti­val, but it was banned at home on the grounds that it pro­motes ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, a crim­i­nal of­fence un­der a colo­nial-era law.

“Dur­ing the seven-day sus­pen­sion the film shall only be open for view­ing to will­ing adults,” Jus­tice Wil­frida Ok­wany said be­fore adding that the mak­ers of the film were “hereby al­lowed to ad­mit the film” to Kenya’s Os­cars se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

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