Controversial Kenyan gay film ‘Rafiki’ continues to impress both at home and abroad despite the drama surrounding it.
Rafiki has bagged two awards at the 23rd annual Twist; Seattle Queer Film Festival. The move scooped awards for narrative film, including the Audience and Jury award.
“We are thrilled that Rafiki won both the audience and jury awards for narrative feature and that we can bring further attention to this important, beautiful film from a country whose LGBTQ community faces rampant discrimination and fear of imprisonment,” Ben McCarthy, the executive director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema said.
🌈@rafikimovie won both the audience + jury awards for narrative feature! Congrats @wanuri!
Check out @TheStranger: https://t.co/l3Owasw9JQ for all the awards at #TWIST2018 #SEAqueerfilm
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— Three Dollar Bill Cinema (@3DollarBillCine) October 25, 2018
The win comes just a few weeks after the movie failed to be nominated for the 2019 Oscars shortlist for Foreign Film Category despite Kenyan court temporary lifting its ban to make it eligible.
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