It’s been a banner year for queer women on the big screen!
Freshly returned from Frankfurt, Germany where Rafiki won its first two international awards at the Lucas Festival and following the first commercial screenings of the film in Kenya, I caught up with Sam to talk about her unexpected fame and the controversy surrounding her debut film.
Kenya’s LGBT community is celebrating after a ban on a film accused of “promoting lesbianism and homosexuality” was lifted by a High Court on Friday. This will be the first time in Kenya’s history that a film with openly lesbian themes will be screened commercially.
“Rafiki” is an inconvenient love story for a country that wants to bury its queer history; present and past. But as history has proven so often, only one side of this story will be remembered: that of the victors.