The controversial award-winning Kenyan film Rafiki, which was banned
in the country because of its lesbian theme, has been screened at a court
hearing in the capital, Nairobi.

The judge, who has to rule on whether the ban should be lifted, wanted to
see the film in order to make an informed decision.

The film’s director, Wanuri Kahiu, said in a tweet that it was ‘’great to
see [an] LGBT+ story here in [a] Kenyan court. Even if only as evidence
as part of case.

Every voice matters, every voice is important.’’
Rafiki made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival last yearLast year,
Rafiki became the first Kenyan movie to make its debut at the Cannes
Film Festival .

The Kenya Film Classification Board had banned it from being shown in
the country as it said the film “sought to legitimise lesbian romance”.
Rafiki, which means “friend” in Swahili, traces a coming-of-age love
story between two young women, who meet and fall in love.

Their romance unfolds against a backdrop of homophobia and intolerance
in a country where sex between people of the same gender is outlawed.

Earlier this year, an attempt to get the law banning gay sex overturned
failed in Kenya’s High Court.