A lesbian film that was previously banned in Kenya has become a breakout hit after a court temporarily lifted the ban. The film, Rafiki, is the first Kenyan movie to be screened at Cannes, and critics believe it could be this year’s Best Foreign Language winner. The African country banned it because of its “homosexual theme,” but now that it is getting Oscar buzz, a court ordered that the film be unbanned. See, a movie can only qualify in the Best Foreign Language Theme if it is screened in its home country.
“Gay themes or the practice of homosexuality did not begin with Rafiki,” Judge Okwanny said in her ruling. “I am not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film.”
The film will only be shown for seven days, and it has sold out.