Director: Wanuri Kahiu
2019, Kenya, 82 minutes, NR
Cast: Samantha Muatsia, Sheila Munyiva
Distributor: Film Movement
“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
Rafiki is the first Kenyan film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival, a cinematic triumph. However, Rafiki has since been banned by the country’s film classification board “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law and dominant values of the Kenyans”.
“By telling an old story of impossible love, Rafiki renews its purpose.” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire