Two screens at prestige cinema as Rafiki tickets sell out

Doors at the Prestige Plaza along Ngong Road in Nairobi were full to capacity as thousands of Kenyans flocked for the screening of the controversial movie, Rafiki.

The movie, which is about two young women from opposing political backgrounds who fall in love, was banned by Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) on April 26 for ‘promoting lesbianism.’

However, the High Court on Friday 21 temporarily lifted the ban which paved way for Kenyans to watch the internationally acclaimed film for the first time in the country.

Kenyans came out in thousands on Sunday 23 to watch the film.  Due to the large number and scrambling over tickets, the cinema ended up showing on an additional screen.

The film was given seven days to play making it legible for academy awards including the Oscars

The deadline for submission of entries in the 2019 Oscars is September 30 and for a movie to be submitted it has to have been screened in the originating country for a minimum of seven days.

Rafiki has been submitted to the 2019 Oscars Award as Kenya’s entry in the Best Foreign language film category.