Kenyan lesbian movie 'Rafiki' is set to make history when it debuts at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

'Rafki' stars Sheila Munyiva, left, and Samantha Mugatsia as Kena and Ziki, a lesbian couple who is forced to choose between happiness and their own personal safety.

'Rifiki', which is now banned in Kenya, is the first Kenyan movie about homosexuals to debut at the prestigious film festival.

'Rafiki' was directed by Wanuri Kahiu, pictured right, who also stars in the film.

LGBT causes are celebrated in parts of Europe and the Western Hemisphere, but homosexuality is a felony in Kenya where same-sex marriage is banned and same-sex relationships are not recognized.

Homosexuals and transgender Kenyans face prison and risk their lives on a daily basis.

Homosexuality is considered vulgar and repugnant to the "cultural values and morality" of Kenya.

Photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Dave Bedrosian/Future Image/WENN.com

  • Karen Brady

    I'll pass.. not my flavor at all. I don't want to watch 2 women or 2 men getting it on. Hell I don't know what's happened to me over the years but I can't even watch a hetero couple swap spit on tv or anything anymore. I turn my head like a little kid.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I'll be catching this one when it comes out!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Really. I don't want to see anyone, straight or gay. Keep that private.

  • king shun

    more of the blacks who are IMPROVED BECAUSE THEY ARE GAY

  • FukkFolks2018

    +1

  • FukkFolks2018

    I told that other judgemental font on your comment in the Twigs post to gone head and die.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Same

  • MsPam

    What’s up with these posts?! Is it gay pride day?!

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_
  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    How many lesbian posts we gon get today

  • Pitty Patty

    It must be a slow news day....

  • Pitty Patty

    I love ALL porn. In the privacy of my own cell phone. I dont need it all over the tv and movies. Call me hypercritical. I dont care.

  • Ni Ni

    I do the same thing.

  • Ni Ni

    It's not hypocritical to me. There's a time and place for certain things, imo. Everything doesn't need to be all out in the open.

  • goat

    I wonder why the Kenyans hate homosexuallity so much?! I wonder if it has anything to do with colonialism and the buck breaking practices !?

  • MJF

    You didn't know that umm..... Nvm....

  • Pitty Patty

    I wonder why the Kenyans hate homosexuallity so much?! I wonder if it has anything to do with colonialism and the buck breaking practices !?
    _________________________________________
    Its the main reason homosexuality is taboo in the black community. Our sexuality was TAKEN used to control and shame us. It happened a lot in Jamaica. Thats why they feel so strongly about it. Check out Goodby Uncle Tom on youtube. Warning: The movie aint for the faint at heart.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It's not about lesbians, it's about an ideology that is being forced on people. But thanks for reading.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Hi Sandra

  • Rayne

    I know Sandra gone be sitting front and center. Whole front row reserved for her and her lesbun friends. ??
    Nice white teeth, nice looking ladies.

  • Rayne

    Me too ??

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a962aa087791fcbf090b1de41545a82322527a68b6ba305b3c61407e9bad2eb4.gif

    I about died when I read that, thanks for that! Sis, you gives NO F's.
    I fux witcha! Coming into SR, I know there are some people who will come at others in rude manners but my skin thicker than they realize.

  • Trace da Ace

    ummm....yeah....I got nothing on this.

  • goat

    Trust, I know.
    I've been meaning to check that movie out. I guess no time is better than now!

  • Thingamajig

    Beautiful women... and I love her pink high heal shoes with the shells on them.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Everyone looks gorgeous ... Got nothing else....

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I have noticed that lesbians tend to have nice shiny teeth.
    I wonder if it has anything to do with all of that muff munching.
    Things that make you go hmmmmmm!!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    OK then explain why current black heterosexual sexual practices are similar to those of slavery?

    Having multiple partners?
    A rejection of marriage?

    It just seems selective and a justification for blacks being homophobic.

  • Nikkiknows

    Can we move on to Pepa getting read for filth after she decided to announce her new man on IG? Thank you in advance! :)

  • Kayke

    Karen, my husband and I was just discussing this.... Movies having these unnecessary sex scenes and make out sessions. It has started to annoy us too. Every genre of movie has to have copulation in it....we're so over it too.

  • Quitedeliteful

    This face!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!

  • Junkanoo

    Congrats to the film the actors produers and writers l haven't watched a lot of African films. Those Nigerian movies are a mess can't get through more than ten minutes.Funny how Sandra a lesbian thinks being gay is an agenda .

  • Pitty Patty

    At this point the ideology is now indoctrinated in our DNA. We have assumulated to the point that our brains now function like theirs and so do our desires. Also some of us want their approval so bad that we will jump off our own ship to theirs.

    It levels and levels and levels to this shyt.

  • Pitty Patty

    Let’s celebrate the mans eagerness to penetrate Africa with homosexual propaganda. Yaaaay!! Cuz once they turn the black man out globally what’s next for the black family??? Oh there will be no black family. Sounds about right.
    _________________________
    That's totally the agenda. Gay black men aren't threatening to white people. Thats just the way they want it.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Good BYE AGENDA! I AIN'T HERE FOR IT!

  • Kayke

    The homosexual part is the only part people don't seem to be allowed to speak ill of. Black people speak on the lack of marriages and multiple partners all the time, and how it's negatively impacted our collective....but as soon as we speak on homosexuality, it's called a phobia and it becomes a fight with the alphabet gang, who is not even a black collective..... When you just admitted all of these things were engraved in us by the colonizers.

  • goat

    They used the religion to help kidnapp, rape, torture, enslave, murder us. And now we gladly accept it no matter what, even die for it.

    They used sex the sameway and we gladly accept it no matter what, even die for it.

  • Kayke

    I'm Jamaican and my grandfather told me all about buck breaking/seasoning.....and I can see the remnants in the Jamaican male community. That is why it's "boom bye bye, in a batty boi head" because the people respecting of the culture knows where it started and won't perpetuate it.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Ima go see this.... I think it's very brave of them to make a film showing their perspective on same sex relationships especially since you can lose your life or be imprisoned because of it. I'm not surprised it's banned in Kenya and it will probably be banned in the rest of Africa as well. I got no problem with the film...

  • NeverSurprised

    Those women are really beautiful, even the mannish one. Beautiful skin, beautiful facial features.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wow you've gotten that exactly backwards and no where did I admit that anything was engraved in us by the colonizers.
    That was the OP.

    No one speaks of black people having sex OOW or children OOW because that would offend someone.
    The only 'sin' in the church is being gay well openly gay. You can be a self-hating closet case and be the choir director or lead singer just make sure you're ashamed of yourself.

  • Shawty

    What in the hell is a lesbian movie? All movies have actors and actresses. Their sexual preference should not be an issue. If it's a movie about the lesbian lifestyle, say that! SMDH!!!

  • NeverSurprised

    Now to come out in Kenya IS brave. Coming out here in the United States of Gay, not so much.

  • Phrozen1der

    I need emoji's enabled to properly participate in 2018..Come on Auntie LOL..

  • Layah Jhene

    More wickedness

  • Kayke

    It's spoken about all the time. ALL THE TIME! It is highlighted in every pro black discussion that calls for change and unity and reconstruction of our community....its starts with reconstruction of the black family unit. But, we can't discuss homosexuality without being labeled phobic.

  • Phrozen1der

    ....

  • NeverSurprised

    "Sandra a lesbian thinks being gay is an agenda ."

    Sandy is a very honest woman -- honest about her own preferences and attractions, AND about the very clear gay agenda that is being promoted in America. The two are not mutually exclusive.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I think the movie is about their relationship.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm sure this movie will be a hit. Win all kinds of awards...

  • Roxie Moxie

    ALL FACTS! Exactly what I told someone the other day; we have started to take on traits and characterizations that are NOT who we are. The result of being born in the belly of the beast.

  • Roxie Moxie

    And that is my favorite song too!

  • Roxie Moxie

    That part!

  • GrapeCrush

    Sheila Munyiva is beautiful. That’s all I got...??????

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    If it's spoken about all of the time then that's because the majority of people are straight.

    What exactly do you want to say about gay people that you're supposedly allowed to say?

    Gay people, unless they are dl men, aren't creating children with multiple women so maybe that's why gays aren't in the discussion.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Huh?
    These lesbians are organic so I doubt anyone brainwashed them.
    As for the rest of your post you're being overly dramatic.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Sandra is just a sad closet case and she's just mad that there are gay people who accept themselves and have found happiness.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I think it's coming up soon. I know here in Houston black pride weekend always falls on Mother's day weekend. Then the 3rd weekend in June is the gay parade for everybody.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL.
    That sounds like something that black conservatives would say about other blacks--that we have no agency to make our own choices.

    I don't agree because one day people will figure out that how they are living is what's making them unhappy or they will die unfulfilled.

  • Phillybruh

    Wouldn't that be a lesbian movie?

  • Phillybruh

    She knows what brings the clicks to the blog. These posts tend too go left real quick.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    These two???????????????
    Oh my damn. Take my money.

  • Coffee1st

    All of this^^^.... but not all have been sucked in. Not all have been hopelessly deceived. Like Big Rube said, "But the roots are strong, so some survive..."
    Its getting down to the nitty gritty... Choices have to be made, lines are being drawn.
    I WISH we understood that our choices will directly affect our survival.

  • Kayke

    With black men pairing with each other and black women staying within their race for procreation ....black homosexual males agruably add to the multiple women with one man issue....and if the multiple women with one man issue is resolves without addressing black male homosexuality as conditioning and not choice.... then we'll most likely have a decrease in black babies being born.

  • Blue

    I thought it was gucci mane at first. My bad. Let me scroll back up.

  • Phillybruh
  • NeverSurprised

    As you well know, people have strong opinions about this subject. As a gay man with a husband and children, you have a perspective that few others do. But we all have strong feelings about how the current socio-sexual climate will eventually play out. It's always an interesting topic.

  • Sushi

    LOL.... You are to funny...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    wow, they make a striking couple!

    (And that blue African print is pure FIRE!!!!!)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Phillybruh

    Yes I do, but this blog is a business and the business is traffic and she knows what brings it.

  • Phillybruh

    I don't think she's a closet case though, I just think she's a business women and knows what brings the business.

  • Dystaney Kimble

    Exactly ! Isn't it so weird when people except you to watch these movies with them comfortably ?!? Like , no I'm not watching 50 shades with my friend girls or anything over pg-13 with my fiancée parents or my mom . I can't even drink with them . People blur lines too often .

  • MJF

    I watched none of the fifty shades series, wasn't into it at all. I just didn't get the hype and I rather read the books in the privacy of my home or when I have spare time. Why am I watching orgies with 100 other people in the theater, smh no thanks!

  • NeverSurprised

    Yeah, Sandy knows her audience.

  • Rayne

    Please ??? I’m just trying to be great s lil but today. I’m HOWLINGGGG????

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Trolling us?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I think you need to look at how the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have eliminated generations of black men from the eligible dating/marriage pool. Even if they get out of prison they aren't able to obtain employment due to discrimination against ex-cons, but yeah blame the gheys for women not having men to marry.

  • Phillybruh

    I think she's trolling the scared str8 crowd.

  • Shawty

    Ok I can respect that but don't label it. That will keep certain folks from going to see it.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You can thank Bill Clinton for imprisoning more black men than any other president.

  • Phillybruh

    This!

  • Phillybruh

    Sure we owe Bill Clinton some thanks, but no one made them commit those crimes.

  • Shawty

    No...it will be like any other movie that is about relationships. They didn't label Pretty Woman as a prostitute movie...I'm just saying.

  • Phillybruh

    Your right.

  • Shawty

    Just trying make a point. Hate labels because to me they just separate us and have us not supporting one another.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Ur right. I'm a closet case who spends more waking hours in strip clubs than most men. I can't get nothin past you. ?

  • i troll it like i see it

    I don't like over the top sex scenes where the actors are teenagers! There is a show I watch, based around the lives of a group of high school friends, and I just don't understand the lack of responsibility of the producers of the show, when they have a couple of the main characters going at it in bed, like they are the adults in the house, sometimes even with the dad at home, in the family shower, they even had an episode where the damn teens were allowed to go away on like a romantic getaway. How is nobody noticing the sh*tty example being set? Sex is heavily promoted on the show and the kids are like sophomores in high school. I always fast forward through it.

  • Kayke

    Nobody is "blaming the gheys".... What you mentioned and homosexuality are causations of the broken black family unit.... but we can discuss all other systematic impacts but not homosexuality? That's what you're not understanding. We can discuss the criminality of our men, but not their sexuality and how that impacts the collective. We can talk about what led to mass incarceration of black men, but not their historic sexual abuses and how that led to this overwhelming homosexual identity without being called "phobic" or being accused of "blaming the gheys".

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I gargle with half-strength bleach so I don't catch nothin. ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Homosexuality occurs in nature at approximately 10% so again please tell me how that impacts heterosexual couples not being able to have stable families---it doesn't.
    Tell me how gays are responsible for child abuse and poor parenting that has a disproportionate number of children in foster care being black.
    I was actually focused on racism and how it has impacted the black family but somehow you want to bring everything back to being gay.
    You sound like the closet case king shun (shun king).
    You're focused on the number of families but I am focused on the quality.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Do tell!!!
    Do you make it rain on those girls?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The War on Drugs started with Nixon and escalated under Reagan but I know in your mind all of the presidents have been Democrats.

  • Tay Gee

    You betta say all of that. :)

  • Zedian Queen

    if been gay is something that was instilled in black people then can you explain to me why we have gay latinos, asians, indians, etc..did white people make those people gay too? Homosexuality is not a choice black people lol and if you going to take it to history I can say homosexuality started in the old testament check out book of Genesis.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    What show is that?
    Asking for a friend tho...

  • i troll it like i see it

    It's Riverdale the show about the Archie comic. Two of the main characters are way too grown for my liking. I thought many times, am I just getting old? Why am I so offended by these teenagers getting it on? Because yes I am getting old and yes I think it's a little over the top considering the main audience is young. I know there is no way to stop people from having sex and we shouldn't try because it's a natural part of growing up, but there are real consequences in real life that the show seems oblivious to.

  • Cap

    ‘the Kenyans’ lol homosexuality is frowned down upon across Africa in general. I don’t know a single gay Nigerian or Ghanaian person. I know a girl who’s bi and she’s Ghanaian but I’m sure her family definitely doesn’t know. Africans are very religious though practicing witchcraft is also heavy especially among Nigerians but it’s just not seen as something that shows order

  • Dr.Rue

    Anything that is banned will be on my to watch list. lol

  • hottlanta

    Still waiting on the movie where those 2 lesbians killed those black kids by taking a dive in the ocean ON PURPOSE. I bet it won't even be on the ID Channel.

  • Kita Williams

    I wish Pretty Woman had the ending the book did. I feel like it gave these hoes hope LOL 'Twas the beginning of the hoes winning phase that lasted too damn long

  • Ant Hill

    #BoomByeBye

  • Shawty

    Didn't realize it was based off a book.