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EXCLUSIVE: Wanuri Kahiu, the award-winning writer-director of Rafiki, a film that was banned in Kenya after the filmmaker refused to alter the film’s portrayal of a **** relationship and played at this year’s Cannes in Un Certain Regard, has signed with The Gotham Group. The movie was the first Kenyan film invited to Cannes before the Kenya Film Classification Board banned it.
Rafiki (which means “friend” in Swahili), tells the story of Kena and Ziki — both considered “good” Kenyan girls destined to become “good” Kenyan wives who both long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, they are forced to choose between happiness and safety.
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When it was banned in Kenya, they tweeted: “Anyone found in its possession will be in breach of law.” Under national law there, gay sex carries a 14-year jail sentence.
“Wanuri Kahiu is a prodigiously talented and brilliant woman,” said Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder and CEO of The Gotham Group. “As an advocate for Africans, especially young women, Wanuri has established herself as a major cultural force. That she refused to edit...
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