PRODUCER OF BANNED GAY-THEMED FILM "STORIES OF OUR LIVES" ARRESTED
Stories of our lives has once again hit the headlines following the executive director, George Gachara being arrested on 15th October for "filming without a license" by the Kenya Police accompanied by representatives from the Department of Film Services and officials from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts.Films shot in Kenya require a licence from the Department of Film Services. This licence is obtained by presenting a copy of the entire script in question to the Department, who then review it and subsequently make the decision to grant or deny the licence to shoot such script.
The arrest follows the lack of following Cap 222 oif The Film and Stage Plays Act which states "Every application for a filming licence shall be made to the licensing officer in writing and shall be accompanied by a full description of the scenes in, and the full text of the spoken parts (if any) of, the entire film which is to be made, notwithstanding that part of the film is made or to be made outside Kenya.
Provided that the licensing officer may in his discretion in any particular case accept an application notwithstanding that it is not accompanied by such description and text if he has been given such other information as he requires for the determination of the application.Any person who is guilty of an offence under this Act shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both such fine and imprisonment."
George Gachara was arrested and taken to the Kilimani Police Station. He was later released on a cash bail of KES 10,000 and scheduled to appear in Kibera Law Courts on 17th October.
Earlier this month, the same film was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board because the film has obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities and it promotes homosexuality which is contrary to our national norms and values.
This ofcourse made many kenyans curious and have been asking on where they can a copy.
Official statement from The NEST stated :"There are no secret, underground, extralegal, extraterritorial or online screenings of Stories of Our Lives happening anywhere in Kenya, and we are not giving out the film, selling it or otherwise distributing it in Kenya in any way, shape or form. There are serious legal ramifications for violating the restriction by the Kenya Film Classifications Board on Stories of Our Lives. Right now, our primary focus is on getting past the legal issues safely."
You can view the trailer of the film below:
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