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Kenyan film misses Oscar nomination, gains recognition

By Heather Bourbeau / October 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Kenyan film misses Oscar nomination, gains recognition

As previously reported in The Daylighter, “Rafiki,” a banned Kenyan film featuring a lesbian love story, was allowed to be shown for one week so that it could be submitted for Oscar consideration. However, it did not win the nomination. Nonetheless, the film was shown to sold-out crowds in the few theaters that screened it. […]

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The week lesbians (in movies) were legal in Kenya

By Heather Bourbeau / September 21, 2018 / Comments Off on The week lesbians (in movies) were legal in Kenya

A Kenyan judge temporarily lifted a ban on the film “Rafiki,” making it eligible for Oscar consideration. The film, which follows a love story between two young women, had been banned by the Kenyan Film Classification Board for “promoting lesbianism.” The ban went back into effect after seven days. The film’s director, Wanuri Kahiu, had […]

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