The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua has been against Rafiki due to its “immorality.”
Dr Mutua banned the film from the Kenyan market because it “promoted lesbianism.”
However, the film’s director Wanuri Kahiu filed a case in court challenging the decision by KFCB and won.
The judge ruled that the film can be screen in Kenya but only for seven days. This gave Kenyans an opportunity to experience the first screening on Sunday 23rd September 2018.
The Sunday morning screening tickets at the Prestige Plaza were sold out as Kenyans came out in large numbers to satisfy their curiosity.
Kenyans React after screening of Rafiki
After watching the movie, many Kenyans on Twitter took it online to wonder why Dr Mutua banned the move in the first place.
Ann McCreath, founder of KikoRomea twitted “Wow just wow
@wanuri. So much more than a love story. I see the Nairobi I know sounds, sights, people, struggles, – profound social commentary, mob justice, those who think deeper, struggles of parents etc etc. Truly deep. Loved it! #RafikiFilm #rafiki” moments after the screening of the movie.
“30 mins into watching
#Rafiki and there’s no sex. Not even kissing. I want a refund,” Twitted Brian Mbunde.
The Eas African Correspondent for Buzzfeed Tamerra Griffin was also present at the first ever screening of the film.
“Good morning! I’m at Prestige Plaza in Nairobi, the only theatre showing
#Rafiki in Kenya. It’s just after 10am, and this is the situation ahead of the first showing – lots of ppl trying to get tickets” Tamerra twitted a video.
The film is now eligible to be entered for a foreign language Oscar, delighting the filmmakers but angering Kenya’s censor.
Rafiki tells the story of two teenage girls, the daughters of political opponents, whose relationship is opposed by their families and the broader community.