Wanuri Kahiu is one of Kenya’s foremost filmmakers. One of her films From a Whisper received the awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009.
And she has still being going strong. Doing films like Pumzi, For our land and Rafiki. But she is facing a problem with her latest film, Rafiki.
Her problem is that the film has been banned in Kenya by the Kenya Film Board over what they claim to be themes in the film that go against Kenya’s social mores.
She has now decided to hit back with her co-petitioners, ‘Creative Economy Working Group’ who are suing the board.
The reason for her gripe apart from the ban is is that in banning the film in Kenya the board denies the film a shot at the 2019 Oscars Awards as Kenya’s entry in the Best Foreign language film category (A movie must be shown in the country submitting it for it to be eligible for the Academy Award).
The film which was the first film to be showed at Cannes has until September 30th to be submitted to the Oscars for consideration. Kanuri wants the High Court to temporarily lift the ban and allow for the film to be submitted.
Her lawyers wrote:
If this matter is not certified urgent and heard on a priority basis, it would be rendered nugatory because Ms Kahiu’s film would be left out of the competition.
Her press release is below: