This month our foreign and independent film series will screen the 2018 film from Kenya entitled Rafiki, directed by the award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. The film was the first Kenyan feature to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Set in the colorful and vibrant youth culture scene of Nairobi, Rafiki, which means 'friend' in Swahili, tells the story of Kena and Ziki, daughters of rival politicians, who fall in love despite their families' opposition and the country's continued criminalization of homosexuality. Initially banned in its home country, the movie ultimately enjoyed a week's run at Kenyan theaters where it sold out and even topped Black Panther at the box office.
In English and Swahili with English subtitles. (Running time 83 minutes)