The Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu continues to fight for her film to be screened in her home country.
Wanuri Kahiu’s RAFIKI received due praise on the film festival circuit since her film was selected to make its world premiere at Cannes earlier this year.
Making it the first Kenyan feature film to do so.
Although, the Kenya Film Classification Board has since banned the film, citing that it “seeks to legitimize lesbian romance.”
However, Kahiu’s fight for RAFIKI to be screened in her home country has not ceased.
She announced this week at TIFF that herself and a cohort of Kenyan artists have filed a lawsuit against the board, Vanity Fair reports.
The suit demands the ban imposed on the film to be lifted in time for her to submit the film to be considered for an Oscar.
It’s also pushing to change the law that has been used to ban popular films and cartoons like The Wolf of Wall Street and Adventure Time.
“I don’t necessarily consider myself an activist; I truly consider myself a storyteller,”
“But when somebody starts to infringe on your rights to be creative and exercise your work, that becomes a problem.
That’s when we decided to push back and take the Classification Board to court.”
Kahiu says at TIFF,