Nairobi - Kenyan authorities have banned a film that tells the love story of two women and is set to debut at Cannes Film Festival next month, saying it promotes lesbianism.
The film "Rafiki", a word that means friend in KiSwahili, was this week invited to premiere at the prestigious festival in France -- the first Kenyan film to receive to be invited.
On Friday, the Kenya Film Classification Board said it had banned the film.
"Anyone found in its possession will be in breach of law," the board said in a tweet, referring to a colonial-era Kenyan law under which gay sex is punishable by 14 years in jail.
Board spokeswoman Nelly Muluka tweeted: "Our culture and laws recognise family as the basic unit of society. "The (board) cannot, therefore, allow lesbian content to be accessed by children in Kenya."