It was the love story of two women. And Kenya's first ever film to be invited to premier at Cannes Film Festival. But authorities in Kenya banned Rafiki from being shown and watched on the grounds that it promotes homosexuality. That was in April, since then things have got worse for filmmakers in the country.
Kenya's film classification board, the KFCB, has launched a crackdown on the industry.>> We are starting raids, and it's not because we want to criminalize creativity, it's because there are bad apples within the industry. We restricted one of these film, Rafiki, because it endorses homosexuality, which goes against the dominant values of the Kenyan people.
>> The KFCB put out a notice that filmmakers without licenses will face an $1,000 fine or five years in prison, it's actually an old law from 1963. But creative say it's outdated and that the announcement is another epic by police to control freedom of expression. Kenya's film industry has seen a revival in recent years, more than doubling in value in the last decade.
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].>> Filmmakers say, though, the industry is still too crippled by regulation to grow. The board must okay all film scripts, and it even monitors social media posts for sexually explicit content, and terrorism.