Event type: All Ages
D. Wanuri Kahiu/83min/Kenya/South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France/Norway/Lebanon/Drama/2018/ In Swahili & English with English subtitles
Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality. Kena and Ziki have long been told that “good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives” – but they yearn for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls encourage each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, Kena and Ziki must choose between happiness and safety.
Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation. Featuring remarkable performances by newcomers Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva, RAFIKI is a hip tale of first love “reminiscent of the early work of Spike Lee” (Screen Daily) that’s “impossible not to celebrate” (Variety)!
Note: This film is playing on two different dates, please ensure if buying online that you are purchasing for the correct date.
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January 31, 2019 - February 14, 2019
Cutoff is Tuesday, February 5, 2019 9:29 am EST unless it sells out earlier.