“Rafiki,” a movie about two women falling in love, was Kenya's Film and Classification Board in April for “promoting lesbianism” in a country where homosexuality is illegal.
But the ban was lifted for a week after the director sued the film board — and it sold out in theatres.
In that week it became the second-highest grossing film in Kenya of all time, and was the top movie during the days it premiered from Sep. 23-29. Because it screened for seven consecutive days, it will now be eligible for Kenya’s entry in the 2019 Oscars for Best Foreign Language film, NowNowNext reported.
More than 6,500 Kenyans saw the film, while hundreds were turned away from theatres because all available tickets had been sold. It’s also aired in 20 other countries so far, and was the first Kenyan film to ever screen at the international Cannes Film Festival in May.
“I am crying. In a french airport. In SUCH Joy! Our constitution is STRONG! Give thanks to freedom of expression!!!! WE DID IT!” Wanuri Kahui, the film’s director, tweeted after discovering the ban had been lifted.