Rafiki

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Directed by Wanuri Kahiu
2018
Kenya
82 minutes
18+
A hip, romantic and daring lesbian love story from Kenya, the first Kenyan film selected for Cannes - banned in its home country.

Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki takes us onto the vibrant streets of Nairobi with this tale of a dangerous love in a conservative community. Young women Kena and Ziki both want more from life than the prospect of marriage and becoming a ‘good wife’. A political rivalry between their families suggests that the girls should be enemies, but when Kena meets the free-spirited and ambitious Ziki, she is drawn to her. This will be no easy love, as the couple face pressure from their families and prejudice from the broader community. As she gently tells this story of the lovers, Kahiu cleverly showcases the distinctive aesthetic sensibility and music of Nairobi.

Unfortunately, our film has been censored in Kenya, because it deals with matters that are uncomfortable for the Kenya Film Classification Board. But I truly believe that an adult Kenyan audience is mature and discerning enough to be able to watch this film and have their own conversation. [Rafiki is] a reflection of society, and we need to be having conversations about what is happening in our society. But unfortunately, because the film has been banned, we’ll be unable to have these conversations. – Wanuri Kahiu in Variety

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Rafiki

Event Cinemas George St 5
Sat 9 June
4:45pm—6:07pm
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Rafiki

Dendy Newtown
Wed 13 June
6pm—7:22pm
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Year
2018
Classification
18+
Country
Kenya
Language
In English and Swahili with English subtitles
Director
Wanuri Kahiu
Producer
Steven Markovitz
Cast
Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Jimmi Gathu
Screenwriter
Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Bass
Cinematographer
Christopher Wessels
Company Credits
World Sales: MPM Premium
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