Rafiki

Showings

Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 12 6:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Queer-ish
Teens&20s
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Country:Kenya
South Africa
France
Norway
Netherlands
Germany
Year:2018
Running Time:82 min.
Language:English
Swahili
Director:Wanuri Kahiu
Producer:Steven Markovitz
Screenwriter:Jenna Cato Bass
Wanuri Kahiu
Cinematographer:Christopher Wessels
Editor:Isabelle Dedieu
Ronelle Loots
Cast:Patricia Amira
Muthoni Gathecha
Jimmy Gathu
Nice Githinji
Charlie Karumi
Patricia Kihoro
Print Source:Film Movement
Note Writer:Angelique Smith

Description

Life in Nairobi is pretty simple for Kena: Make good marks in school, help her father as he runs for local office, take care of her forlorn mother, and play football with her guy friends. Though the lanky, androgynous teenager is more likely to be seen skateboarding around her housing estate than donning dresses like a “proper lady,” somehow no one ever questions her sexuality…possibly not even Kena herself. But when the beautiful pink-dreadlocked Ziki, the daughter of her father’s political rival, catches Kena’s eye, a world of possibilities opens up. As they share dreams of breaking free of familial and cultural expectations, it’s not long before local gossips’ tongues start wagging. And in a place where homosexuality is blamed on demon possession, being true to yourself can have dangerous consequences. Banned in Kenya for “legitimizing lesbianism,” this sweet, coming-of-age love story—the first Kenyan film to ever play at Cannes—is a revelation and an inspiration for all ages and genders.

Sponsored By:

In association with Frameline

Additional Information



Born in Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African storytellers. Her debut feature, From a Whisper (2008), won Best Director and Best Picture at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, the Zanzibar International Film Festival’s Golden Dhow Award, and Best Film at Kalasha, Kenya Film and TV Awards. Among her other films are a documentary, For Our Land (2009), and a short, Pumzi (2009), winner of Best Short at the Cannes Independent Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on “GER” (To Be Separate), a documentary, and in pre-production on Rusties, a Nairobi-set science fiction film.