KFCB responds after High Court lifts ban on ‘Rafiki’
2 months ago, 21 Sep 17:14
Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) has said that it has denied being served High Court orders lifting the ban on controversial film ‘Rafiki’ but will fully comply after receiving the orders.
In a statement to newsrooms, the board noted its concern about distorted information from some sections of the media, saying the lift will only be in force for seven days with screening restricted to adults only.
“The board has noted with great concern the skewed reporting in some section of the media which contradicts the courts proceedings brief that we have received from our lawyers,’ read part of the statement.
It further expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling terming it an ‘insult’ to Kenyans who stand for morality.
Rafiki, a love story of two teenage girls who develop a romantic relationship opposed by their families and community was banned for promoting lesbianism.
The director of the controversial film, Ms Wanuri Kahiu, sued KFCB and its boss Ezekiel Mutua over the ban since she planned to submit the film to the 2019 Oscars Awards. This could be Kenya’s entry to the Best Foreign Language film category.
In making the ruling, Justice Okwany cited Kenyan artists who’ve had to flee the country and to seek asylum because their creations went against the grain of societal expectations.
KFCB maintained that it believes films should reflect the dominant values of the Kenyan people, saying attempts to normalize homosexuality is ‘akin to air conditioning hell.’
The board said it will issue a comprehensive statement after being served with the orders.
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