The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the sale, exhibition and distribution of a Hollywood film The Wolf of Wall Street.
Through its Facebook page, the board warned that anyone found distributing the film based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stockbroker, would be prosecuted.
When contacted, the board’s communications office said the film has been “restricted” due to elements that include nudity, sex, alcohol, drugs and profanity.
She said that according to Section 16(4) of the Films and Stage Play Act, the board has the mandate to restrict the distribution of a film if it ” tends to prejudice the maintenance of public order or offend decency, or the public exhibition or display of which would in its opinion for any other reason be undesirable in the public interest. “
The office said that anyone found circulating or selling the film will be arrested and prosecuted listing “Movie 43” and “Till The End” as well as a locally produced film called “Paradise Love”, as other films that have been restricted on the basis of this criteria.
The communications office however clarified that the restriction stands for five years and can be reviewed again.
Some users on social media were against the move by the Film Board with one twitter user stating “who still bans movies on this 21st century?.. smh RT Kenya Film Classification Board has BANNED “The Wolf of Wallstreet” in Kenya!”
“I am actually watching it right now. Maybe the Ayatollahs in your board should come to the year 2014 and discover something called the internet.” A user on facebook said.
Other users also wondered why the film was not given stricter ratings instead of the ban “Congratulations you just quadrupled the price of this movie. What happened to 18+ and age restriction.”
While others stated that the move only served to make the film more appealing to local viewers. “You know you have just made it more appealing, right? Everybody who sees this will get to watch it just to find out what is the big issue with it.” One person commented on the board’s Facebook page.