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Kenyan lesbians movie Rafiki wins two awards

Kenyan lesbians movie Rafiki wins two awards

Rafiki, a Kenyan film depicting lesbians romance has bagged both audience and jury awards in USA.

Ben McCarthy, a director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema has said,"We are thrilled that Rafiki won both the audience and jury awards for narrative feature."

We can bring further attention to this important, beautiful film from a country whose LGBTQ community faces rampant discrimination and fear of imprisonment," Ben added.

The movie director, Wanuri Kahiu, had moved to high court last month after it was banned by Kenya Film Classification Board(KFCB).

Justice Wilfrida Okwany lifted the restriction on the film for seven days, making it qualified to be entered for Oscar.

However, Rafiki did not make it to the 2019 Oscars shortlist despite last-minute efforts to have it premiered in Nairobi.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema said in a statement, “It did not have the minimum required theatrical release time and a Red Carpet premiere event since it was premiered at a Community Hall.”

KFCB had prohibited the film in April in light of the fact that it advances homosexuality, which is a criminal offense under a colonial-era law.

The 91st Academy of Sciences and Arts Awards nominees will be named in January 2019.
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