Wanuri Kahiu
Wanuri Kahiu speaking

Wanuri Kahiu made Kenyans proud after her movie ‘Rafiki’ was screened at Cannes Film Festival, being the first Kenyan to be shown at the festival.

However, Kenyans can’t watch the movie in the country after it was banned from showing, basically because it’s a story about two ladies who fell in love with each other.

‘Rafiki’ stars Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva and director Wanuri Kahiu/ Twitter

As much as she’s happy the movie is receiving positive feedback, Wanuri is in fears to be arrested upon arriving home.

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According to The Hindu, Wanuri said on Friday that the Kenya Film Classification Board has been issuing her threats of arrest.

It seems like they are trying to build a case to imprison me… Most recently I saw them tweeting that I have broken the law,”

She said that Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva are however safe and won’t be affected by this.

According to the website, the board has been alleging that Kahiu submitted a false script to them, something Wanuri termed as false.

‘Rafiki’ stars Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva and director Wanuri Kahiu/ Twitter

We submitted the final shooting script [to the Kenya Film Classification Board]. We know that our constitution is quite young. It’s only eight years old. What’s happening now is that we are just beginning to understand the limitations and the edges of the constitution… It is time now to start having conversations about implementation of the constitution and our rights,” Wanuri explained.

She went ahead and stated that as much as she knew the ban was a possibility, she didn’t expect the threat of arrest.

‘Rafiki’ stars Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva and director Wanuri Kahiu/ Twitter

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What we didn’t expect was the threat of arrest to me,” she said. In spite of the threat she said she would continue to exercise her right to create. “I am an artiste and it’s my constitutional right to make this film. So I would do it again, and I would do it again, and I would do it again. I won’t stop doing my work because other people are trying to violate my right. I think it’s for them to deal with their violations.

When asked where she will go after the festival, she firmly said she’s going back home and if they want, they can arrest her.

If they want they can arrest me and we can go to court to prove I haven’t broken the law. But I am going home. It’s where I live. I am not going to hide, I am not going into exile. My family is there, my children are there, my husband is not about to leave. It’s a place that inspires me, that I make films for, the place that I make films about.”

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