Kenyan movie ‘Rafiki’ by film producer, director and author Wanuri Kahiu has been banned in Kenya. The hearing was delivered today morning through zoom.
Rafiki is the story of romance that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya
Wanuri’s statement after the court ruling read;
In accordance with article 22 (1) of our 2010 constitution, “Every person has the right to institute court proceedings claiming that a right or fundamental freedom in the Bill of Rights has been denied, violated or infringed.” We proudly exercised this right.
For over 50 years retrogressive laws have suppressed bold artistic expression, criminalized art and artists and even seen Kenya lose some of her greatest minds and talent. Outdated laws, such as in this case, the Film and Stage Plays Act (Cap 222), have been used to curtail the making, exhibition and licencing of cinematograph films and plays in Kenya.
Draconian laws not only impede the rights of creatives to exercise their right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of artistic creativity, they are also inconsistent with the values that we seek to espouse as a nation through our constitution. We will continue to fight against laws that have no place in our democratic Kenyan society.’