Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4:45pm
Monday, Nov. 5 at 4:20pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Despite a political rivalry between their families, Kena and Ziki remain close friends, supporting each other as they pursue their dreams. But when love blossoms between them, the two girls are forced to choose between happiness and safety in a highly conservative, disapproving society. Inspired by Monica Arac de Nyeko’s “Jambula Tree” — about a lesbian love affair in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal — “Rafiki” challenges deep-rooted objections to same-sex relationships in Kenya. Cinema Scope writes: “To be the first Kenyan film to ever premiere at Cannes, as Wanuri Kahiu’s newest feature film ‘Rafiki’ was, is to be placed under an incredible weight of expectation. To be banned in your home country due to a supposed ‘intent to promote lesbianism’ is to be placed under an additional weight of scandal. And yet Kahiu has crafted a film which is both potent and modest in its navigation of queered coming-of-age territory…. ‘Rafiki’ is quite literally the first of its kind to exist on this part of the map.”

83 min.
English & Swahili

Directed by

Wanuri Kahiu



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