Banned in its home country for ‘promoting lesbianism’, this delicate romance made history as the first Kenyan film selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, now going on to win the hearts of festival audiences around the world.
In a country where homosexuality is punishable by lengthy imprisonment, Wanuri Kahiu’s courageous sophomore film, Rafiki (meaning friends), is a brave act of filmmaking defiance and a powerful and heartfelt romance. Tomboy Kena has few female friends, but she finds something more in the spirited Ziki. While romance between them is already forbidden, their respective fathers’ opposing political bids complicates matters even further.
Charting the blossoming bond between two young Nairobi women as they face the harsh backlash of their conservative community, Rafiki is a radiant celebration of love, beautifully showcasing the distinctive aesthetic and music of Nairobi.
“May this film shout where voices have been silenced.” -Director, Wanuri Kahiu
English and Swahili with English subtitles