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FilmBath presents Rafiki.
This wonderful Kenyan film has recently come to wider public attention with director Wanuri Kahiu fighting to get a ban lifted so that it can be entered as Kenya’s Oscar contender. Why was it banned? The film has two female characters who love each other – and currently homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. Far from being suppressed, the film should be celebrated for being tender, loving and playful. It delivers an exhilarating enchantment that contrasts with the absolutist morality found where religion is allowed to dictate what people may or may not feel. At the time of going to press, the ban was momentarily lifted to allow entry to the Oscars.