• 2018
  • Kenya / South Africa / France / Netherlands / Germany
  • 1h 22min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wanuri Kahiu
  • Cast: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati

Two girls have to chose between love and safety in Nairobi.

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Director Wanuri Kahiu | 2018 | Kenya | English with some Swahili subtitles | 82 mins | 15Nominated for Un Certain Regard (Cannes); Winner, Silver Hugo (Chicago International Film Festival)Banned in Kenya except for a brief period to allow its nomination for the Foreign Oscar, Rafiki is the 1st Kenyan feature to ever premiere at Cannes. Set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi, two very different young women must choose between love and safety. Like an Afro-lesbian Romeo and Juliet they try to hide their relationship from their politically opposing fathers and families. With its eye-popping aesthetic of fuchsia and bubblegum and joyful energy providing a defiant counterbalance to the usual stories of famine and war, Rafiki announces the arrival of a major talent in Wanuri Kahiu and a correction of how we view Africa.

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