Jan. 22, 2014 02:13PM EST
Kenya Film Classification Board bans Martin Scorsese's latest film, 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'
<p>Late last week the <a href="http://www.kfcb.co.ke/" target="_blank"><strong>Kenya Film Classification Board</strong></a> took to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=578243945591495&set=a.471788082903749.1073741829.466249810124243&type=1&theater" target="_blank">facebook</a> to "ban" <strong>Martin Scorsese</strong>'s <em><a href="http://www.okayplayer.com/news/kanye-debuts-short-film-scorcese-casts-black-skinhead-trailer-video.html" target="_blank">The Wolf of Wall Street</a></em>, his 3 hour+ latest saga of greed in the pursuit of the American dream. The KFCB, who "regulate exhibition of film content to the public," posted the following statement:</p><p></p><blockquote>"There is a LIMIT to everything and we believe the Kenyan public deserves better. WOLF OF WALL STREET has been RESTRICTED. The film is NOT for sale, exhibition or distribution in KENYA. Violators shall be PROSECUTED."</blockquote><p>KFCB's move has come with <a href="http://www.ghafla.co.ke/news/movies/item/14994-hilarious-kenyans-on-facebook-react-furiously-to-the-banning-of-the-movie-wolf-of-wall-street" target="_blank">an online backlash</a>, and not to mention, curiosity-induced publicity that has sparked a <a href="http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-151615/banned-movie-sells-hot-cake-nakuru" target="_blank">surge</a> in viewership. We ourselves had a few questions for the folks at KFCB. How do they plan on blocking online streams? Who gives non-governmental agents, such as themselves, the authority to decide what is and isn't right for consumption by the Kenyan public? How will they "prosecute" said "violators"? Before we had a chance to reach out to the board, <a href="http://ntv.nation.co.ke/" target="_blank">NTV</a> anchor <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/LarryMadowo" target="_blank">Larry Madowo</a></strong> spoke with KFCB "Corporate Communication Manager" <strong>Evelyn Mbuni </strong>to ask these questions and more. Watch the insightful interview below.</p><p><div class="preroll-video"></div><ora-player></ora-player></p><p><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="336980629012a25af954a0869e0fdfeb"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JKjH1T4tHu0?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></p>
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